B.C. courts to reduce operations amid COVID-19 pandemic

The B.C. Provincial Court is postponing most hearings as of Wednesday, March 18, with the exception of bail hearings and in-custody criminal trials. Other appearances will be conducted by phone or video conference

Courts in B.C. are reducing operations in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

In a memo, the B.C. Provincial Court said it is postponing most hearings as of Wednesday, March 18, with the exception of bail hearings and in-custody criminal trials. Other appearances will be conducted by phone or video conference.

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According to the memo, everything will be postponed except in-custody criminal trials and sentencings, family and child-protection matters deemed urgent, out-of-court search warrant and production order applications, urgent small claims matters and other criminal matters deemed by a judge to be urgent.

“Further details will follow,” the memo states.

Late last week, the B.C. Supreme Court said it was postponing all upcoming jury selections. In addition, accused with upcoming jury trials will be given the option of choosing to stand trial in front of a judge alone or have their jury trial postponed.

The B.C. Court of Appeal has asked all lawyers and parties to consider adjourning upcoming matters to sometime after May 31.

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