Current COVID-related notices, directions, & information

Announcement: Face Masks Required in British Columbia Courthouses - November 24, 2020

Revised NP 22 In-Person Proceedings During COVID-19: Health and Safety Protocols – November 24, 2020 (eff. Nov. 25)

Updated Notice to the Profession and Public NP 19 COVID-19 Resumption of Court Operations – October 9, 2020

Updated Notice to the Profession and Public NP 21 Guide to Virtual Proceedings – October 7, 2020

Revised Practice Direction NP 23 Circuit Court Sittings During COVID-19 - October 7, 2020

CRIM 13 Initial Appearance Court in COVID-19 - October 7, 2020

Revised - CRIM 12: Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences During COVID-19 - September 25, 2020 (eff. Sept. 28)

NM 01 Accredited Media Access to Provincial Court Proceedings during COVID-19 – September 25, 2020

Revised FAM 09 Consent Adjournment (FLA_FMEA) - July 22, 2020

Revised Practice Direction: FAM 07 CFCSA Consent Requisitions - July 16, 2020

FAM 08: Change or Suspend Child or Spousal Support due to COVID-19 - July 2, 2020

Guide for appearing in the Provincial Court using Microsoft Teams - Updated July 13, 2020

Memo re Judicial Authorizations at the Justice Centre During COVID 19 - Revised MAY 11 2020

Revised NP 20 - Affidavits for use in Provincial Court Proceedings - March 27, 2020

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The Provincial Court of BC has resumed all its operations, although some proceedings are being conducted by telephone or audio- or video-conference using Microsoft Teams, an online conferencing platform.

To protect the health of all court users and help contain the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining or improving access, the Court has:

  • worked with government and a health consultant to identify and implement safety measures in courthouses and courtrooms
  • been conducting family, criminal and small claims conferences, as well as some hearings, by telephone or video
  • scheduled Traffic Court hearings at alternate times and locations to enable physical distancing
  • enabled people to file court applications and documents by email as well as by mail, in-person, and in some cases, by fax or using Court Services Online

People are encouraged to co-operate with the Court’s efforts to reduce the number of people in courthouses, including by using remote filing options wherever possible.


Archived COVID Announcements, Notices, Practice Directions, including NP19 Revisions

Changes in Court Procedures


Links to info & help

Photos of courthouse safety measures

Virtual conferences and hearings