Virtual conferences and hearings

NP 21 Virtual Proceedings & Remote Attendance in the Provincial Court
Guide for appearing in the Provincial Court using Microsoft Teams
eNews - What to expect in a family or small claims hearing held by telephone or video
eNews - What to expect in a family or small claims conference held by telephone or video
eNews - Preparing for a Family Case Conference: a checklist
Webinar on Court’s use of MS Teams
Q & A: Virtual hearings and MS Teams in the Provincial Court of BC – answers to questions posed during the webinar
Access to Court Proceedings Policy – includes information about public and media access to some virtual hearings

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Note on language

The Court uses the words “virtual(ly)” and “remote(ly)” as follows:

• “virtual(ly)” – describes the type of court proceeding which is designated by the Court to be conducted by telephone or using the Microsoft Teams audio- and video-conferencing platform, as opposed to “in-person court proceeding” (you’ll also see “virtual hearing”, “virtual conference”, “virtual bail”, “virtual court proceeding”, “conducted virtually”, “virtual courtroom”)

• “remote(ly)” – describes the court participant’s method of attending an in person or virtual court proceeding, by telephone or using the Microsoft Teams audio- and video-conferencing platform (you’ll also see “remote attendance” or “attend remotely”; in contrast to “attend in person”)

Example of a video proceeding on MS Teams


Judges demonstrate what you would see in a BC Provincial Court video conference or hearing using MS Teams. You would see yourself in the small box in the lower right corner. In the larger boxes on the screen you would see the judge, the other litigants, and any lawyers taking part.

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