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B.C. Supreme Court to resume in-person registry services

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 10:35 AM | By Ian Burns

The B.C. Attorney General’s court services branch has confirmed that all Supreme Court registries will be open for in-person services on July 13. As of that date, materials may be filed at the registry.

According to the B.C. Supreme Court’s July 7 notice, all registries will continue to receive documents for criminal matters by mail or fax. Counsel or self-represented accused persons may also contact the relevant criminal registry to inquire whether it is possible to file documents by e-mail.

Anyone with a general inquiry (e.g. public health measures, courthouse hours, parking) or an inquiry related to registry services, including the filing of materials, is asked to contact the Supreme Court registry by telephone, and not to contact scheduling.

For more information on criminal proceedings, click here. For civil and family proceedings, click here.

In addition, the court is also offering the possibility of hearings proceeding by remote videoconference (RVC) using Microsoft Teams. RVC hearings are not available for any hearings that involve language interpretation or witnesses, and no part of a trial may be heard by RVC, except in special circumstances by order of the trial judge or case management judge. Booking of RVC hearings is also subject to availability of court resources, including computer equipment and trained court clerks. Parties must supply their own computer equipment and be fully ready to set up and use Teams on their own, without technical support or troubleshooting from the court. For more information, see here.