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Early in the pandemic, Lisa Hamilton QC, a Bencher of the Law Society of BC, suggested that some family lawyers were interested in offering mediation services to help families with low or modest incomes resolve their family law issues without going to court.
Legal Aid BC’s Family Resolution Centre - a free online service helping separated parents with low or moderate incomes resolve issues about raising their children - has recently expanded its services to include child support. The Family Resolution Centre has been available for some time to help parents with issues like where the children will live and how important decisions will be made.
Fifty years ago, on September 13, 1971, Alfred Scow, hereditary chief of the Kwicksutaineuk First Nation on Gilford Island, was appointed a judge of the BC Provincial Court.
Like other courts in BC and around the world, the BC Provincial Court’s Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver (DTCV) suspended in-person courtroom appearances in March 2020 due to Covid-19. But the Court and its dedicated treatment team knew that consistent, continuous support and supervision were crucial for drug court participants.
Although the current BC Small Claims Rules permit parties to make court appearances by telephone in specified situations, they are silent about proceedings being conducted using videoconferencing or audioconferencing and remote attendance in court using this technology.