Responding to the exigencies of COVID-19 enabled the Court to move forward much faster with various measures it had been working towards before the pandemic, including use of email for filing.
Court registries can now accept emailed documents for filing in some matters. See the Provincial Court Family Rules, Small Claims Rules, and Practice Directions and Notices for details on when documents may be filed and served by email.
When documents are filed by email, court registry staff must copy and scan them into electronic court files. eFiled documents go directly into electronic court files. The Court is also working with government towards the next step – eFiling of family court applications using forms filled out online in a question and answer format to help litigants without lawyers. See Apply for a Provincial Court Family Law Act (FLA) Order.