Date Issued: 17 July 2020
Effective Date: 17 July 2020
Updates 29 July 2020 (New additions in red)
The BC Provincial Court sits in many court locations in the province. Currently, we are working with government and in some cases, local communities, to have the consultant that government has retained view the circuit courts and make recommendations about what steps need to be taken to make those courts safe and accessible to members of the public.
Once the consultant has viewed those court locations, we will work with government to implement the recommended changes so that existing matters can be heard in those locations in a timely way. In some locations this work has been completed and in-person hearings are noted below.
To reduce the number of people attending circuit court, counsel attendance at court should be limited to appearing on a matter scheduled in court where something substantive is happening. Counsel must endeavor to avoid unnecessary personal attendances of the accused or counsel at the courthouse wherever possible. Please refer to “Alternatives to in-person appearance” in CRIM 13 Practice Direction: Initial Appearance Court During COVID-19 and Notice to the Profession and Public COVID 19: Resumption of Court Operations.
In other locations when the circuit courts have been modified to address COVID related concerns, including ensuring that physical distancing can be maintained, they will be opened and scheduled matters will proceed. Until these circuit courts have been re-opened, matters on the circuit court list locations will be heard on the day they are scheduled by audioconference. Either the audioconference information or the contact information for the Registry to obtain call in details is listed beside each Court location.
Counsel are encouraged to use the Consent Requisition or Consent Arraignment forms to have files removed from the list prior to the scheduled court date if nothing substantive will occur on that date. We have attached a list below of the Judicial Case Managers and the circuit courts they are responsible for scheduling.
If you require legal assistance with your matter, you may contact Legal Aid at 1-866-577-2525.
1. ADJOURNED MATTERS
Matters currently scheduled in Creston, Fernie, Invermere and New Aiyansh for the dates in the table immediately below are adjourned until the “adjourned to” date without the parties having to attend Court. A party or counsel may contact the Judicial Case Manager at the applicable court location prior to the “adjourned to” date and arrange to have the Court determine, by telephone, whether the matter is urgent.
||IF YOUR MATTER WAS
ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR …
|YOUR MATTER IS
||July 9, 2020
||August 7, 2020
||July 23, 2020
||September 1, 2020
||July 7, 2020
||July 27, 2020
||July 6, 2020
||September 14, 2020
2. MATTERS SCHEDULED
Matters currently scheduled on the dates and in the locations set out below will be heard on the day they were originally scheduled either in-person or, alternatively, by audioconference.
If your court location (and date matter scheduled) is not listed in the table immediately above, you will be required to contact the scheduling contact noted below for your location (by email or telephone) on the date you were originally scheduled to attend Court in order to set your next appearance date.
THE FOREGOING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, AND ANY UPDATES WILL BE POSTED ON THE COURT’S WEBSITE.
History of Notice to the Professoin and Public
- Original Notice to the Profession and Public issued on July 17, 2020. This Notice includes information from the Circuit Courts - Update – July 3, 2020.
- Updates to locations and manner of hearing July 29, 2020.
By Direction of Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie
Provincial Court of British Columbia