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Can I file new claims or documents in a BC court during COVID-19?

18, 09-2020

Yes, all filings are being accepted by all levels of court in BC. 

Provincial Court

Provincial Court registries are accepting ALL filings at the applicable court registry either in-person or remotely (by mail, email, fax to fax filing registries under GEN 01 Practice Direction, or using Court Services Online where available). To protect the health and safety of all court users and help contain the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining access to the Court, parties are encouraged to use remote filing options wherever possible. The Court is returning to the pre-COVID court process for having urgent matters come before the court.

See also the Provincial Court’s new COVID-19 FAQ page. 

Supreme Court

In-person registry services have resumed at all Supreme Court registries in British Columbia. While in-person filing is available, parties are strongly encouraged to use e-filing, or one of the other methods. See Notice No. 33 (Criminal) and Notice No. 34 (Civil and Family) for more details. See Notice No. 24 for how to e-file through Court Services Online. Click HERE for a list of all Supreme Court COVID-19 notices.

Court of Appeal

The BC Court of Appeal has continued its suspension of required time periods to commence civil or family proceedings. This suspension will remain in effect until 45 days after the state of emergency.  This means that until further notice you may start an appeal if you wish to do so, but, if you are unable to start an appeal, you can wait without concern until up to 45 days after the end of the state of emergency. Parties should continue to file and serve notices of appeal or applications for leave to appeal in criminal matters within required time periods. The filing and service deadlines for all existing appeals, existing applications for leave to appeal, and other existing matters before the Court were suspended by direction of the Chief Justice. As of August 19, deadlines have been suspended until September 14, 2020. For more information, see the Notice to the Public Regarding the Court of Appeal for British Columbia’s Response to COVID-19.The Court of Appeal has also created a webinar to assist people with electronic filing.


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