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Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

B.C. courts amend procedures for in-court appearances, affidavits

In order to protect the health and safety of court users, court staff and others and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the B.C. Supreme Court has announced the following new procedures for proceedings where counsel, parties, media and the public are attending in person: ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 12:06 PM

Nova Scotia court suspends filing deadlines

Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court has suspended some of its filing deadlines as part of ongoing efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 12:03 PM

Federal Court working on access to justice, despite COVID-19; urgent matters still being heard

The Federal Court is continuing to hear all urgent matters, as well as exceptional matters, on a “case-by-case” basis, by teleconference or videoconference according to the terms of its practice direction and order issued March 17, and the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on March 20, the court’s legal counsel, Andrew Baumberg has confirmed. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

B.C. suspends legal time limitations due to COVID-19

At the request of the provincial Ministry of the Attorney General, the B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General has suspended limitation periods to commence court proceedings in British Columbia, and statutory decision makers have been provided discretion to waive, suspend or extend time periods related to their powers.  ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:52 AM

Alberta increases security for renters, restricts public gatherings due to COVID-19

The government of Alberta announced that it is bringing in protections for renters and additional restrictions on public gatherings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

Alberta restricting access to courts in light of COVID-19

Effective March 30, access to all courthouses in the province of Alberta will be restricted until further notice. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 2:46 PM

The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week The Friday Brief

Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 2:45 PM

Nova Scotia Appeal Court adjourns additional hearings

Stepping up efforts to stunt the spread of COVID-19, Nova Scotia’s Court of Appeal has extended the stoppage of its regular operations by shelving all scheduled hearings until the fall. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:36 PM

B.C. employing ‘extraordinary powers’ to combat COVID-19

The government of British Columbia is using extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the province’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:31 PM

B.C. brings in protections for renters, landlords in light of COVID-19 pandemic

The B.C. government announced that it is introducing a new temporary rental supplement, halting evictions and freezing rents as the province grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]