Effective Date: 07 October 2020
The BC Provincial Court sits in many court locations in the province. We have been 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 continue to work with government to implement the recommended changes so that existing matters can be heard in those locations in a timely way.
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.
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.
If your court location is listed in the table immediately below, you will be required to contact the scheduling contact noted below for your location (by email or telephone) before the date you were originally scheduled to attend Court in order to set your next appearance date or to be provided with information regarding your next appearance date. If you do not know when your next court date is, you can also contact the scheduling contact noted below to obtain that information.
THE FOREGOING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, AND ANY UPDATES WILL BE POSTED ON THE COURT’S WEBSITE.
History of Notice to the Profession 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.
- Updates to locations and manner of hearing August 7, 2020.
- Updates to charts and contact information August 19, 2020.
By Direction of Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie
Provincial Court of British Columbia