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B.C. Supreme Court issues notice on procedures for filing, serving documents

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 @ 11:25 AM | By Ian Burns


The B.C. Supreme Court has issued a new notice to the profession concerning the filing and serving of documents.

In May, Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson directed that trial management conferences (TMCs) would proceed by telephone, unless the court otherwise ordered, and that certain requirements in the Supreme Court Civil Rules and the Supreme Court Family Rules regarding the timing of certain TMCs and the timeframes for filing and serving trial briefs (civil matters), trial records and trial certificates were amended for TMCs and trials scheduled to begin on or before July 24.

But as of July 27, those amendments and time frames no longer apply. Parties must schedule TMCs and file and serve trial briefs, trial records and trial certificates pursuant to the rules, as well as this administrative notice. However, the court’s direction that TMCs proceed by telephone unless the court otherwise orders continues to apply.

More information, as well as the process for scheduling TMCs and rebooking trials that have been adjourned due to the court’s suspension of regular operations can be found here.