Provincial Court of BC: NP 23 Circuit Court Sittings During COVID-19

  • July 29, 2020

Date Issued: 17 July 2020
Effective Date: 17 July 2020
Updates 29 July 2020 (New additions in red)

NP 23

Purpose

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.

Notice

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.

COURT LOCATION IF YOUR MATTER WAS
ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR …
YOUR MATTER IS
ADJOURNED TO...
Creston July 9, 2020 August 7, 2020
Fernie July 23, 2020 September 1, 2020
Invermere July 7, 2020 July 27, 2020
New Aiyansh 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.

REGION COURT LOCATION DATE MATTERS SCHEDULED JUDICIAL CASE
MANAGER CONTACT
YOUR MATTER WILL BE HEARD... IF YOUR MATTER WILL BE HEARD BY AUDIO CONFERENCE PLEASE CONTACT THE COURT REGISTRY FOR DIAL IN INFORMATION IN ADVANCE OF THE SCHEDULED DATE (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED BELOW)
Northern 100 Mile House Aug 4, 2020 PG.Scheduling
@provincialcourt.bc.ca
In person Not applicable
Northern Fort St. James July 29-31, 2020 PG.Scheduling
@provincialcourt.bc.ca
In person Not applicable  
Northern Hazelton Aug 4, 2020 PG.Scheduling
@provincialcourt.bc.ca
In person Not applicable  
Northern Kitimat Aug 7 and Sep 1-4 and
16-18, 2020
PG.Scheduling
@provincialcourt.bc.ca
In person Not applicable  
Northern Valemont Aug 6, 2020 PG.Scheduling
@provincialcourt.bc.ca
In person Not applicable  
Northern Vanderhoof Aug 4, 2020 PG.Scheduling
@provincialcourt.bc.ca
In person Not applicable  

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.

AREA COURT LOCATION SCHEDULING CONTACT
Campbell River Campbell River (staffed)
Gold River (circuit)
CampbellRiver.Scheduling@provincialcourt.bc.ca
250-286-7556 (Mon and Tue)
250-334-1237 (Wed, Thu, and Fri)
Cariboo Quesnel (staffed)
Williams Lake (staffed)
100 Mile House (circuit)
Anahim Lake (circuit
Cariboo.Scheduling@provincialcourt.bc.ca
250-398-4377
Courtenay Courtenay (staffed) Courtenay.Scheduling@provincialcourt.bc.ca
250-286-7556 (Mon and Tue)
250-334-1237 (Wed, Thu, and Fri)
Duncan Ganges (circuit) Dun.Scheduling@provincialcourt.bc.ca
250-746-1201
Kamloops Clearwater (circuit)
Lillooet (circuit)
Merritt (circuit)
Kamloops.Scheduling@provincialcourt.bc.ca
250-828-4086
East Kootenays Cranbrook (staffed)
Golden (staffed)
Creston (circuit)
Fernie (circuit)
Invermere (circuit)
Sparwood (circuit)
EKootenays.Scheduling@provincialcourt.bc.ca
250-426-1354
West Kootenays Nelson (staffed)
Rossland (staffed)
Castlegar (circuit)
Grand Forks (circuit)
Nakusp (circuit)
WKootenays.Scheduling@provincialcourt.bc.ca
250-354-6870
North Vancouver Pemberton (circuit) NVan.Scheduling@provincialcourt.bc.ca
604-981-0293
OCJ Atlin
Good Hope Lake
Lower Post
LChung@provincialcourt.bc.ca
Bella Bella
Bella Coola
Klemtu
Vanessa.Fong@gov.bc.ca
236-468-3628
Kwadacha
Tsay Keh Dene
DKrenz@provincialcourt.bc.ca
Peace District Chetwynd (circuit)
Tumbler Ridge (circuit)
Peace.District.Scheduling@provincialcourt.bc.ca
250-787-3416
Penticton Princeton (circuit) Penticton.Scheduling@provincialcourt.bc.ca
250-492-1298

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