Supreme Court of BC: COVID-19: Civil Jury Selections and Trials

  • July 17, 2020

COVID-19 Notice No. 39
Date: July 17, 2020

This notice replaces Part III, B of COVID-19 Notice No. 34

I. Introduction

Effective March 19, 2020, Chief Justice Hinkson suspended regular operations of the Supreme Court of British Columbia at all of its locations to protect the health and safety of court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19. As part of the suspension, civil jury selections and civil jury trials were cancelled up to and including September 7, 2020, everywhere in the province.

Effective July 17, 2020, Chief Justice Hinkson has extended the cancellation of civil jury selections and civil jury trials up to and including January 1, 2021.

The Court will resume civil jury selection and civil jury trials at the earliest opportunity when it is safe and practicable to do so.

II. Trials scheduled to be heard before January 4, 2021

Civil trials that are scheduled to be heard before January 4, 2021, where a Notice Requiring Trial by Jury has been filed and served, but where jury fees have not yet been paid, will automatically proceed by judge alone.

If the party who filed and served the Notice Requiring Trial by Jury wishes to proceed with a jury trial at a later date, that party may apply to adjourn the trial. If the trial is rescheduled, jury fees must be paid in accordance with the requirements in s. 17 of the Jury Act and Rule 12-6(3) of the Supreme Court Civil Rules based on the new trial date.

III. Trials scheduled to be heard on or after January 4, 2021

Anyone with a civil jury trial that is scheduled to be heard on or after January 4, 2021, must follow the requirements in s. 17 of the Jury Act and Rule 12-6(3) of the Supreme Court Civil Rules for the payment of jury fees.

THE FOREGOING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ANY UPDATED DIRECTIONS WILL BE POSTED ON THE COURT’S WEBSITE.

Dated July 17, 2020, at Vancouver, British Columbia

By Direction of Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson
Supreme Court of British Columbia