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B.C. Supreme Court releases info on courtroom procedures, chambers applications

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 11:24 AM | By Ian Burns

The Supreme Court of British Columbia is advising the public that changes to court configurations and some in-court processes are required to comply with public health directives and orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as trials resume at some locations in the province on June 8.

The court said certain general precautions will apply to all in-person court hearings, appearances and trials. Judges, masters and registrars have the discretion to direct more detailed precautions depending on the circumstances of a particular court hearing. These measures are subject to change without notice as the court receives further guidance and direction from public health authorities.

The provincial government has retained the services of a private consultant to assist in identifying the necessary steps to modify courtrooms and courthouses to mitigate the risk of transmission of the virus. The Ministry of the Attorney General’s COVID-19 Court Recovery Operations page can be accessed here.

The court has also resumed hearing chambers applications of two hours or less in civil and family matters. Hearings will proceed by telephone unless the court otherwise orders. The chief justice has modified certain requirements related to application records and service of application record indexes. To see his order, click here.