You can still apply for a protection order.The procedure is a little different because of COVID-19. Learn more about Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders.
Both the BC Supreme Court and BC Provincial Court are only hearing matters they determine are “urgent”. If you or your child needs protection from a family member, you can apply to have your matter heard on an urgent basis. If a judge determines your matter is urgent, you will have a hearing by telephone. If you or your children are in immediate danger, call 911.
How to apply
Provincial Court: Starting July 8 Provincial Court family court filings, including protection orders,can be made by email, mail or fax. The Provincial Court is slowly returning to the pre-COVID process for bringing matters before the court.
Family Law BC also provides a wonderful step-by-step guide for applying for a protection order.
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. 34 (Civil and Family) for more details. See Notice No. 24 for how to e-file through Court Services Online.
Both the Provincial and Supreme Court returned to their pre-COVID process for hearing urgent matters. The COVID-19 Urgent Application forms have been discontinued. All new applications can be submitted to the courts.
See the BC Family Justice’s COVID -19 Legal Questions and the Legal Services Society’s Q & A - Family Violence for more information and direction.
BC family duty counsel is providing service over the phone. To find contact information in your area see HERE.
For more information, see: