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What is happening to Court of Appeal cases during COVID-19?

13, 07-2021

See the Court of Appeal website for up to date information on closures and modified procedure during the COVID-19 crisis. Check the Notice to the Public Regarding the Court of Appeal for British Columbia’s Response to COVID-19 for updates. On May 14, 2020, the Court published a Notice to the Public Regarding Video Conference Proceedings in the Court of Appeal which explains how you can observe Court of Appeal hearings if you wish. Please review for updated information on the Court of Appeal’s operations. 

Beginning July 12, 2021, appeal hearings and chambers proceedings will take place in person in the courtroom, unless parties apply or elect to appear remotely. See the Notice Regarding Modified Court of Appeal Procedures and Access to Court Proceedings during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To learn more about the complete COVID-19 Appeal process, see the Notice Regarding Modified Court of Appeal Procedures due to COVID-19 and this Appeal Process flowchart. See the Notice Regarding Modified Filing Directions in Civil and Criminal Appeals for information on filing.

The BC Court of Appeal’s suspension of required time periods to start civil or family proceedings ended on March 25, 2021. Service and filing deadlines were suspended until September 14, 2020. All filings must now be submitted by their respective deadlines.. The Court of Appeal has also created a webinar to assist people with electronic filing.

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