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

28, 04-2021

Effective November 9, 2020, and until further notice, all appeal hearings will be heard via Zoom unless otherwise directed. Parties must continue to follow all other directions set out in the various Public Notices of the Court of Appeal. Please complete the Court Proceedings Form at least seven days before the hearing date with an indication of videoconference as the preferred mode of hearing until further notice. Parties who have already scheduled an in person hearing will be contacted by the registry.

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. 

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.

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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