NP 28: Court Operations During Communicable Disease Phase of COVID-19

  • July 18, 2022

Effective Date: 18 July 2022
NP 28

As COVID-19 still actively circulates in our communities and the requirement to self-isolate for those who test positive for COVID-19 continues, the Court recognizes the need to accommodate remote appearances in order to maintain court operations. Accordingly, while court operations are moving from the pandemic/emergency court operations set out in Notice to the Profession and Public 19 (“NP 19”), the BC Provincial Court is now operating in the communicable disease phase of COVID-19.

At this time, to ensure the health and safety of all court participants and to support greater access to justice, the Court is conducting proceedings in the manner set out in this Notice (see Appendix “A” for a summary table). The directions set out in this Notice replace those set out in NP 19. These directions are subject to change, and any updates will be posted on the Court’s website.

The Court remains committed to using technology in appropriate cases to better serve court users and improve access to justice. Remote attendance options provide the flexibility to support greater access to justice, including for those living in remote communities, vulnerable people served by the Court, and those who test positive for COVID-19 and are required to self-isolate pursuant to the BCCDC guidelines.

When counsel attend court proceedings remotely using MS Teams, they must appear by videoconference or apply to the Court to appear by audioconference only (see NP 21).

In this Notice, “hybrid” means participants may attend court either in person or remotely without having to make an application (and no advance notice is required).

Hyperlinks to yellow highlighted Practice Directions, which are in the process of being finalized, will be added and posted on the Court’s website in due course.

Download NP 28