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

08, 07-2020

It depends on which court your matter is in. 

Provincial Court

New non-urgent filings will be accepted after the following dates. Starting July 2 traffic court filings can be made by email, mail or fax. Starting July 8 Provincial Court family and criminal court filings can be made by email, mail or fax. Starting July 13 small claims filings can be made by email, mail, fax or using CSO.  The COVID-19 urgent hearing process will no longer be necessary and will conclude on the aforementioned dates. And there’s a new, faster process for applications to change child or spousal support orders related to COVID – See the Notice Provincial Court Notice to the Profession and Public (July 2) for more information and how to file.See also the Provincial Court’s new COVID-19 FAQ page. 

Supreme Court

Effective July 13, 2020, in-person registry services will resume 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 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 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 July 7, deadlines have been suspended until July 27, 2020. For more information, see the Notice to the Public Regarding the Court of Appeal for British Columbia’s Response to COVID-19.

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