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B.C. Court of Appeal extends service suspension, will hold electronic hearings for all matters

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @ 11:28 AM | By Ian Burns

The B.C. Court of Appeal has extended its suspension of service in the face of  the COVID-19 pandemic but will begin hearing all appeals electronically in May.

The suspension of service and filing deadlines for existing appeals and chambers applications in the B.C. Court of Appeal has been extended from May 1 to June 1. On May 4, the court will hear all appeals, including those that are not urgent, by videoconferencing using the Zoom platform, unless otherwise directed.

Despite this suspension, the court registry is accepting filings in all matters, and parties are encouraged to advance their appeals if they are able to do so. In civil appeals, electronic filing is mandatory for all parties beginning May 4.

The court will hear all chambers applications and registrar’s appointments, including those that are not urgent, by teleconference or in writing starting May 4 as well. For all new chambers applications or appointments, litigants must file and serve materials according to the timelines required under the Court of Appeal Act, Court of Appeal Rules, Criminal Code, the Court of Appeal Criminal Rules and the court’s Civil and Criminal Practice Directives.

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