Professional Notices

CBABC has curated this select list of Professional Notices, including Practice Directions and Notices to the Profession from BC Courts, the Law Society and the Land Title & Survey Authority.

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided here; however, lawyers should rely on original sources of these notices for the most current information.

Note: Professional Notices are archived after one year.

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Professional Notice

CRIM 13: Initial Appearance Court

  • July 18, 2022

Further to NP 28 Court Operations During Communicable Phase of COVID-19, the purpose of this Practice Direction is to set out some interim guidelines to govern initial appearance court (IAR) during this phase, while ensuring that people only come to IAR in-person when necessary.

Professional Notice

FAM 12: Default Method of Attendance for CFCSA Proceedings

  • July 18, 2022

The purpose of this practice direction is to set out the default methods of attendance for court appearances under the Provincial Court (Child, Family and Community Service Act) Rules, B.C. Reg. 533/95 (“CFCSA Rules”).

Professional Notice

SM CL 02 - Small Claims Proceedings

  • July 18, 2022

This Practice Direction sets: (A) the default method of attendance for small claims proceedings; and (B) the timelines and processes for litigants to file required documents with the Court and, in some instances, serve the documents, in advance of a trial conference, settlement conference, application to a judge, payment hearing, or Rule 9.1 simplified trial.

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NP 21: Remote Attendance in the Provincial Court

  • July 18, 2022

This Notice provides direction and information for anyone who will attend a virtual or in-person proceeding in the Provincial Court remotely by audioconference (including telephone or Microsoft Teams) or videoconference (including Microsoft Teams).

Professional Notice

CRIM 12 Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences

  • June 16, 2022

There are two main purposes behind these pre-trial conferences. The first is to reduce the number of files being set for trial by helping to ensure that only those requiring a trial are actually set for hearing. The second purpose is to manage those files that are to be set for trial to ensure that accurate time estimates have been determined prior to dates being set and ensure hearings complete on time as scheduled.