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How do I know if my matter will be heard remotely? How can I prepare for a remote proceeding?

Updated
13, 07-2021

Because of COVID-19, most Provincial Court proceedings continue to be handled remotely. A remote proceeding means your hearing or case conference matter may be conducted by: 

  • a phone call from the court 
  • a conference call through Telus 
  • an audioconference or videoconference through Microsoft Teams

If you’re not sure how your matter will proceed, contact your court registry.

The Provincial Court of BC has provided a Guide to Remote Proceedings, Virtual Hearing Q&As and additional articles to help individuals prepare for virtual hearings and conferences. See the Virtual Conference and Hearing page. You may also wish to consult the Provincial Court’s Guide to Virtual Proceedings.

The Supreme Court of BC has provided an explanation of Remote Video Conference Hearings in  Notice No. 35.  

Note on Court of Appeal: 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. 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

See Legal Aid BC’s remote proceeding tips to help you as you prepare to attend a remote court proceeding.