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Provincial Court Judge Stella Frame answers questions about her recent education leave.
You were on Education Leave for a few days during the reduction in court services caused by the pandemic. Tell us how that came to be?
In order to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Provincial Court of BC is holding urgent family, child protection, and small claims hearings by telephone instead of in person. We are also working towards being able to offer some hearings using video technology, when that is appropriate for the parties involved and their case.
Updated June 2021
The Provincial Court of BC has taken steps to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, including preparing to hold some family, child protection and small claims conferences by telephone or video instead of in person. This eNews provides information about how to prepare for and participate in these conferences.
The COVID-19 coronavirus has brought changes in both government policies and court operations that affect peoples’ rights and responsibilities. Because the situation is so fast-moving, changes are being made almost daily.
To comply with the advice of public health officials to minimize the number of people physically in courthouses, the Court transitioned to an “essential services model” in March, limiting hearings primarily to urgent matters.