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What health & safety protocols are in place at BC Courthouses?

13, 07-2021

The Courts have put in place a number of cleaning, health screening, and physical distancing protocols. See Notice 22 for Provincial Court protocols, Notice 27 for BC Supreme Court protocols, and COVID-19 Court Recovery Operations for details.  Effective July 1, 2021, all people attending courthouses in BC are required to wear masks while inside a courtroom. Face masks and face coverings are optional in other areas of BC courthouses. Please do not visit any courthouse if you exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms as described on the BC CDC website.

Additionally, on January 21, 2021, the BC Courts released a new protocol to ensure timely and coordinated communication regarding COVID-19 testing and exposures in courthouses. See the protocol HERE.

Note: Counsel and self represented parties must also be in a position to confirm that to their knowledge, no one involved on their side traveled outside Canada within 14 days of their anticipated in-person appearance in a courtroom.