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B.C. Court of Appeal limits operations in face of COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 4:30 PM | By Ian Burns


To protect the health of litigants, court staff, judges and members of the public and to help contain the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the British Columbia Court of Appeal is strictly limiting its operations, effective as of March 18 and continuing until further notice.

According to a press release from the court, the court registry will continue to accept filings. However, to support social distancing, the registry counter will close and all are encouraged to file new appeals and applications for leave to appeal electronically (for civil appeals), by fax, by mail (filing date to be backdated to the post-mark date), or, if none of those options is available, individuals are advised to contact the registry. After filing and serving new notices of appeal or applications for leave to appeal, all subsequent filing and service deadlines will be suspended and will start to run again beginning May 4, unless otherwise directed.

The filing and service deadlines for all existing appeals, existing applications for leave to appeal, or other existing matters before the court are suspended and will start to run again beginning May 4, except for those matters designated by the Chief Justice Robert J. Bauman as matters that must proceed, or unless otherwise directed. Litigants should not file any new materials related to existing appeals, existing applications for leave to appeal, or other existing matters prior to May 4, unless advised that the appeal is a matter that must proceed, or unless otherwise directed.

All appeal hearings, chambers applications and other matters currently scheduled to occur between March 18 and May 1 are adjourned unless designated by the chief justice as matters that must proceed.

More information, including who to contact at the court registry, can be found here.