Highlights of Recent BC Provincial Court Notices

  • June 16, 2020

In a series of notices issued on June 12, 2020, the Court advised litigants and lawyers that:

1. Initial Appearance proceedings are recommencing.

2. As of June 15, 2020 across the Province, 40 in person trial courts are available, in addition to virtual courts.  After July 3, 2020, The Provincial Court of B.C. will resume all previously scheduled in-person proceedings in all criminal, family and small claims matters.  Litigants and lawyers should contact witnesses and prepare for their trials to proceed as scheduled. 

  • Criminal, family, small claims, and youth court trials and hearings scheduled after July 3, 2020 will remain on the trial list on the date scheduled. Lawyers and self-represented litigants should attend court on the date scheduled at 9:00 AM to advise if they are ready to proceed. After hearing from them, the Court will decide whether to grant any adjournments sought and decide which trials will proceed.
  • All witnesses and any parties represented by lawyers are to wait outside the courthouse and be within a 30 minute distance and be prepared to attend and testify in court.
  • Any criminal trials, continuations or preliminary inquiries (except summary proceedings set for half a day or less) that are adjourned for lack of court time will be scheduled for a pre-trial conference before a new hearing date is set.
  • Family and small claims case conferences will proceed by telephone on their scheduled dates. The Court will provide the parties with telephone details.
  • See NP 19 Notice - COVID 19: Resumption of Further Court Operations (June 12, 2020) for more details.

For more information, see https://www.provincialcourt.bc.ca/COVID19.