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.
While not without challenges, the Court’s use of technology during the last year to conduct some types of proceedings has increased access to justice for many people. Among other benefits, it has saved litigants and lawyers from travelling long distances for short court appearances.
About half a million violation tickets are issued every year in BC. The provincial government, in consultation with the Provincial Court, has developed a new online tool to help people in BC decide how to deal with their tickets.
On July 1, the BC government moved to Step 3 of its Restart Plan, lifting some restrictions as the province shifts from COVID-19 infection prevention and exposure control to more general communicable disease prevention measures. Will this shift affect procedures in BC Provincial Court facilities?
Note: Family Management Conferences are being conducted by telephone, audio- or video-conference. Be sure to read the NP 21 Virtual Proceedings and Remote Attendance in the Provincial Court before your conference.