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Courts are opening back up. What health & safety protocols are in place?

25, 01-2021

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 November 24, 2020, all people attending courthouses in BC are required to wear masks while inside a courthouse.

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.