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How can I get my urgent matter heard?

26, 02-2021

Supreme Court

In-person registry services have resumed at all Supreme Court registries in British Columbia, and the interim process that the Court established for requesting a hearing of an urgent or essential matter is no longer available. See Notice No. 33 (Criminal) and Notice No. 34 (Civil and Family)for more details.

If you estimate your matter will take two hours or less, you can apply for a chambers hearing by phone conference. See Chambers applications during COVID-19 for instructions on how to make a new application or response, or reset an adjourned application.

Visit the BC Supreme Court website for the most up-to-date information.

Provincial Court

The Provincial Court has returned to the pre-COVID court process for having urgent matters come before the court. Provincial Court registries are now 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. And there’s a new, faster process for applications to change child or spousal support orders related to COVID – See how to apply and Notice NP19 (Feb 16) for more information. 

Visit the BC Provincial Court website for the most up-to-date information.