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. While in-person filing is available, parties are strongly encouraged to use e-filing, or one of the other methods.
Urgent matters: 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.
Also, on July 7, the BC Court of Appeal extended deadline suspensions until July 27 2020. Parties may now request that their appeal hearing proceed in a courtroom or by Zoom videoconference. For more information, see the Notice to the Public Regarding the Court of Appeal for British Columbia’s Response to COVID-19.