Kamloops provincial court will cease operations next week until further notice.
The Provincial Court of B.C. announced late Thursday that it will move to a hub model — Kelowna, Surrey, Vancouver, Prince George and Victoria — in response to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. The change will take place on Wednesday.
As a result, any urgent or in-custody matters in Kamloops will be dealt with by video or phone by a judge in Kelowna.
B.C. Supreme Court, the other court that sits regularly in Kamloops, suspended its regular operations earlier this week.
As of Friday, it is unclear whether the Kamloops Law Courts building will remain open after provincial court closes. The plan is to continue with reduced services, KTW was told. On Wednesday, sheriffs began stopping everyone who entered the building and asking for reasons for their visits.
Staffing of the building is also unclear. Prosecutors and staff in the Kamloops Crown office have been told to work from home, but a small number of employees remain on site. The probation office in the building has a skeleton crew, as well, and is working to minimize physical interaction with clients.
The Land Title and Survey Authority office is closed to the public, as is the courthouse library.