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.
Note: Some first appearances in family matters are being conducted by telephone, audio- or video-conference. See Virtual conferences and hearings (by phone or video) for more information.
Note: Some appearances in family matters are being conducted by telephone, audio- or video-conference. The court registry will tell you if your appearance will be virtual or in-person.
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.
The new Provincial Court Family Rules (“the Rules”) take effect on May 17, 2021. Based on extensive research, consultation, and experience gained in Victoria since 2019, these rules take a holistic approach to family disputes.