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B.C. Provincial court reducing services in effort to limit spread of coronavirus

Last Updated Mar 16, 2020 at 8:36 am PDT

B.C. Judge (Courtesy: Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)

The B.C. Provincial Court is temporarily reducing operations amid the COVID-19 outbreak

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The B.C. Provincial Court is reducing operations in effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.

According to a statement, family case conferences and small claims settlement conferences which were scheduled between now and May 4 will not proceed as planned.

People who are affected by the move will be notified by May 4 about when to appear in court instead, the statement reads.

In addition, bail hearings will not be conducted through in-person appearances, but rather through video and audio conferences or tele-conferences, unless otherwise decided by a judge.

The court expects in custody criminal trials and sentencings, other urgent criminal or family matters, search warrants, and other matters like outstanding warrants to proceed.

Traffic, ticket or bylaw matters between March 18 to May 4 “will be adjourned without the disputant having to attend Court and will be rescheduled to a later date.”

According to the statement issued by the court, the disputant will be mailed a notice with a new court date.