Virtual conferences and hearings

Guide to Remote Proceedings (telephone and video) NP21
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 has been using the term “remote proceedings” in our Notices and Practice Directions. We decided that the term “virtual proceedings” would more clearly convey the idea of hearings and conferences being held using the Microsoft Teams audio- and video-conferencing platform or by telephone. We are therefore starting to use ”virtual” to describe such proceedings and “remote” to describe how people attend virtual proceedings. As notices and directions are issued or revised, these terms will be used:

“Virtual proceedings” – referring to hearings, or conferences with a judge, that take place with the parties and lawyers connected with the judge by telephone or using the Microsoft Teams audio- and video-conferencing platform (you’ll also see “virtual hearings” and “virtual conferences”)

“Attend remotely” – referring to attending a virtual proceeding by telephone or using the Microsoft Teams audio- and video-conferencing platform (you’ll also see “remote attendance” describing the manner of attending)

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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