Born in Iran, Judge Delaram Jahani didn’t speak English until she came to Canada at age 15. Her life has been a series of swift learning curves, with the latest being her transition from lawyer to Provincial Court judge in 2017.
When there is a court order or written agreement for child or spousal support payments, unpaid amounts become a debt that must be paid in the future. People who have had trouble paying support because their income has decreased since January 2020 due to COVID-19 may want to apply to court to change or suspend their support order.
The Judicial Justice Division is an integral and indispensable part of the Provincial Court of British Columbia. During the COVID-19 pandemic BC’s judicial justices and the staff who support them have worked tirelessly to fulfil their responsibilities, innovating and adapting where required, to keep courts accessible while ensuring the health and safety of court users.
The Provincial Court of British Columbia is now using Microsoft Teams (“Teams”) as its platform for some conferences and hearings being held remotely. We are working to expand our use of the Teams video conferencing platform to a wide variety of court proceedings, when this technology is suitable for the litigants and the issues involved.
In the middle of March, 2020, an unprecedented worldwide pandemic created a state of emergency in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada. Public health officers delivered advice to people to stay home. Almost overnight, offices were shuttered, schools were closed, and courts reduced their operations to urgent matters.