COVID-19

Current COVID-related notices, directions, & information

Updated NP 19 Court Operations During COVID-19 – June 14, 2021

Revised NP 16 Assignment of Duties to Judicial Justices - June 14, 2021

Revised SM CL 02 Small Claims Proceedings During COVID-19 - May 25, 2021

Revised FAM 09 Consent Adjournment (FLA_FMEA) - May 17, 2021

Updated NP 21 Guide to Virtual Proceedings – March 10, 2021

Revised NP 22 In-Person Proceedings During COVID-19: Health and Safety Protocols – February 16, 2021

Revised Access to Court Proceedings Policy – February 9, 2021

Revised CRIM 13 Initial Appearance Court During COVID-19 - February 2, 2021

Announcement: Office of the Provincial Health Officer Statement Related to COVID-19 Outbreak at Three Correctional Centres - January 29, 2021

Revised CRIM 12 Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences During COVID-19 - January 29, 2021 (eff. Feb. 01)

Revised NM 01 Accredited Media Access to Provincial Court Proceedings during COVID-19 – January 29, 2021

Announcement: Protocol for Communication and Testing Related to COVID-19 in Courthouses - January 21, 2021

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

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

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

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

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PROVINCIAL COURT OPERATIONS

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.


Affidavits

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

Changes in Court Procedures

FAQs

Links to info & help

Photos of courthouse safety measures

Virtual conferences and hearings