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.
It’s been suggested the Provincial Court of British Columbia could make more use of technology, including cloud-based video-conferencing and apps like Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype, to link in participants by video for hearings and trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve carefully examined the possibility of doing that.
BC courts are not closed. In fact, we cannot close our courts because they are an essential component of our democratic system.
The year was 1984. The Office of the Chief Judge had asked Administrative Judges around the province to have photographs taken of the judges in their districts. The judges in the Cariboo District convened a meeting to discuss the project.
The Family Justice Services Division of the BC Ministry of the Attorney General has updated the Court on how it will operate during the pandemic. The Division provides a range of services to help resolve family disputes in a fair and timely way. Its in-person services are temporarily not available, but you can still access many of their services by telephone or other virtual means.