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How do I know if my matter is considered urgent?

Updated
08, 07-2020

Supreme Court

With the resumption of chambers as set out in COVID-19 Notice No. 28 dated June 5, 2020, as of June 18, 2020 the Request for Urgent Hearing process is only available for urgent applications on short notice ("short leave applications") under Rule 8-5 of the Supreme Court Civil Rules and Rule 10-9 of the Supreme Court Family Rules. Other applications should be made through regular chambers.

Effective July 13, 2020, in-person registry services will resume 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 will no longer be available. See Notice No. 33 (Criminal) and Notice No. 34 (Civil and Family) for more details.

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

Provincial Court

NOTE: The Provincial Court is returning to the pre-COVID court process for having urgent matters come before the 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 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 Notice NP19 (July 2) for more information. 

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