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COVID-19 Service Update

COVID-19 Service Update

With COVID-19 at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts we wanted to give a brief update on how it’s affecting Westside Family Law and the court system here in British Columbia.

Like every other sector, the legal profession is pivoting as quickly as possible to the new realities presented by COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. Our team are working as hard as ever to serve our clients, and we are available over the phone at 604-734-7911 should you need us.

We all have a part to play in this fight. Following the directives of BC’s health officials, we will not be accepting face-to-face consultations until further notice.

Impact on the BC Court System

The Supreme Court of B.C. and the Provincial Court of B.C. have announced changes to their operational status in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, we outline what’s happening with the courts.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has suspended all regular operations with immediate effect, until further notice. Adjustments can be made to accommodate the hearing of urgent matters. Members of the public who do not have urgent business before the court are discouraged from attending any courthouse.

Provincial Court of BC

The Provincial Court has also announced it is suspending regular operations. In-person and by video in-custody criminal trials, bail hearings during court sitting hours, urgent out of custody criminal trials, and other urgent trials will only be heard at certain hub court locations in special circumstances. No new urgent matters will be accepted until May 16.

Traffic, ticket and bylaw matters have also been adjourned and will be rescheduled at a later date. A new court date will be mailed out to the disputant.

Here to Help

Westside Family Law wants our clients to know we’re here for you at this challenging time. If you have any legal questions, or queries relating to the court closure in British Columbia, we’re standing by to assist. Contact us and let’s chat.