How to Bring an Urgent Application at the B.C. Supreme Court While the Courthouses Are Closed

Friday, April 3, 2020 – Efficient March 19, 2020, the B.C. Supreme Court suspended common operations of the Supreme Court of British Columbia till additional discover. While the courthouses are closed, functions could also be made to the Court just for important and pressing issues. The transfer is a part of the Court’s efforts to defend the well being and security of court docket customers and to assist include the unfold of COVID-19.

The procedural strategy of the Courts to the current disaster could also be anticipated to proceed to evolve. These wishing to have issues introduced earlier than the Court will want to test often the Court’s web site for its up to date necessities.

On March 30, 2020 and April 2, 2020, the Court supplied up to date notices concerning lists of civil, household and felony issues that are presumptively thought-about to be of an important and pressing nature, and insolvency issues which could be thought-about to be of an important or pressing nature. We record them at the finish of this submit.

The Court additionally has discretion to hear pressing issues apart from these listed, and to decline to hear a matter listed.

New court docket course of for listening to important and pressing functions

The Court has created an on-line process to hear solely important and pressing functions. The process contemplates an digital course of for submitting software supplies, and a telephone or video listening to.

The Court supplies a brand new, on-line type titled “Request for Urgent Listening to” which it’s essential to fill out to have your matter heard. You’ll obtain an e mail confirming receipt, and directions for offering the Court with related unfiled supplies in order that it could decide if matter is of ample urgency to require a listening to. In its notices, the Court notes {that a} paper course of can be utilized if it isn’t doable to use the on-line course of, and it notably remarks the “measurement restrict of 10MB for paperwork submitted by way of CSO or e mail, which can require paperwork to be despatched in levels or filed by the paper course of.”

Presumably the choose or grasp listening to the software may also need to present path concerning how to proceed with a distant software in accordance to the wants of the software, and the comfort of the events and the Court.

We advise that you simply contemplate including to the Request for Urgent Listening to that the events will:

  • use CaseLines software program to produce software supplies to the Court and to current software supplies in Court; and
  • use video conferencing software program corresponding to Skype for Enterprise or Zoom to facilitate the listening to.
  • You might like to embrace a hyperlink to this submit to help your request.

Presenting software supplies when the courthouse is closed

CaseLines makes use of a cloud-based doc repository based mostly in Canada. It’s designed to assist events current paperwork electronically to the court docket. It has already been efficiently utilized in the B.C. Supreme Court in Hutchison v. Moore and The Nuchatlaht v. BC. Its use aligns with BC’s Court Digital Transformation Technique 2019-2023.

An instance of an software file in CaseLines. You may customise and alter the identify of the case, the titles of folders and paperwork in the left pane. You can too “lock” the file prior to the software listening to.

In CaseLines, there isn’t any 10MB measurement restrict on paperwork you add.

As soon as the paperwork are uploaded, you may organize them precisely as you’d organize your Application Binder. In the instance software file above, we organized the paperwork into folders for pleadings, Plaintiffs filed paperwork, Defendants filed paperwork, authorities and written submissions.

There is no such thing as a software program to set up. You solely want to create an on-line account with Caselines, and you might be prepared to begin utilizing Caselines. This will likely be the similar for the different events and the choose.

You don’t want to buy licenses to use CaseLines. CaseLines costs 40c/web page for paperwork to be uploaded. It’s a one-time cost. You, as the applicant’s counsel, add your paperwork, after which the responding events and the Court can all entry these paperwork with no additional costs. Responding events pays related costs associated to their posted materials. This may be clarified by settlement.

Throughout the listening to, as you communicate to a doc, you’ll inform the different events precisely what web page you might be referring to, and the events and the Choose will likely be in a position to immediately navigate to the similar doc and assessment it. You can too use the software program to ship a pop-up message to the different events and the Court that you’re asking them to assessment a selected web page.

CaseLines provides Bates numbers to the prime proper nook of all pages. These numbers make it simple to talk to others the doc, and web page, you might be discussing. For instance, the doc in the instance software file above has the quantity “A1” in the prime proper nook.

There are additionally annotation and presentation options in the software program that facilitate efficient presentation to the court docket. In the instance above, the menu bar in orange reveals the place you’d click on to draw a field, spotlight textual content, or draw freehand on the doc. On the proper of the instance above is our notice to you: we highlighted the Vancouver court docket registry quantity and created a “extensively shared notice” welcoming everybody to the take a look at case. You can too make notes which might be personal to you, or shared solely together with your group.

Why CaseLines?

Some folks will inform you that there are many alternative ways to conduct your E-Application, and you don’t want to pay CaseLines 40c/web page. That’s true. Nonetheless, they nonetheless contain you organizing your paperwork someplace and speaking with the different events and the Court that you simply intend to use reminiscence sticks or a cloud-based repository for paperwork. You will have to suppose by way of the group of your paperwork. You will have to clarify to all concerned how the events and the Court could have entry. You might or could not have to take care of measurement limits on paperwork. All of this will value you extra when it comes to effort and time.


  • CaseLines has added performance that you’ll not get on a reminiscence stick. For instance, it offers you the capacity to direct others to the web page you might be speaking about, and alternative ways to make notes on paperwork (and share these notes together with your group). It additionally lets an individual obtain all the paperwork in a single big PDF at the finish of the listening to if that’s wanted for court docket data.
  • The method is scalable. After getting learnt how to do your first e-Application in CaseLines, it is possible for you to to comply with the similar course of for the subsequent one, and the subsequent one.

Lastly, you’ve received sufficient in your plate proper now. This submit is all about sharing one thing that works. CaseLines has been operating efficiently in each Crown Court in England and Wales for the final 4 years. Its document consists of 39,000 customers and over 400,000 E-Trials.

Coupled with the free use of video conferencing software program corresponding to Zoom, it is a resolution that meets the wants of all events and it’s one which can be utilized effectively and successfully whereas the courthouses are closed, and with none threat of publicity to COVID-19.

We’re all on this collectively. When you’ve got considerations or questions on digital functions or E-trials typically, don’t hesitate to attain out to co-author of this column, Kate Gower. You can too contact CaseLines immediately: they’re based mostly in the UK and offering help and help up to at least 3pm Vancouver time.

William G. MacLeod Q.C. and Kate Gower


Appendix: Listing of issues thought-about to be Important and Urgent

From: The Courts of British Columbia – Vital Bulletins – COVID-19: SUSPENSION OF REGULAR COURT OPERATIONS, On-line at: See particular discover citations under.


Important and pressing issues in household proceedings embrace these through which the following aid is sought:

  • Orders relating to the security of a kid or father or mother due to a threat of violence or speedy hurt (e.g., a safety order, conduct orders, or unique possession of the dwelling);
  • Orders relating to the threat of removing of a kid from the jurisdiction (e.g., relocation, non-removal, wrongful removing or retention of a kid); and
  • Orders relating to the well-being of a kid (e.g., important medical selections, pressing points relating to parenting time, contact or communication with a toddler that can’t fairly be delayed).


Important and pressing issues in civil proceedings embrace:

  • Issues associated to public well being and security and COVID-19, together with:
    • orders underneath the Quarantine Act; and
    • orders underneath the Public Well being Act.
  • Issues the place there’s a prima facie urgency, together with:
    • refusal of remedy and finish of life issues, together with functions underneath the Well being Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act;
    • detention of people, together with underneath the Psychological Well being Act and the Grownup Guardianship Act;
    • emergency grownup guardianship and committeeship orders, together with underneath the Grownup Guardianship Act and Sufferers Property Act;
    • housing evictions, together with interim stays of orders of possession underneath the Residential Tenancy Act;
    • civil restraining orders;
    • preservation orders;
    • pressing injunction functions; and
    • pressing orders in the nature of habeas corpus, certiorari, mandamus and prohibition.

Supply: Discover to the Career, the Public and the Media Relating to Civil and Household Proceedings – Date: revised March 30, 2020


The next are examples of insolvency issues that may be important or pressing:

  • Shareholder disputes or oppressive conduct which will require some speedy aid underneath the CBCA/BCA.
  • An software for an interim and/or last order for an association underneath the CBCA/BCA.
  • The appointment of a liquidator, obtain, interim receiver or receiver- supervisor underneath the CBCA/BCA/BIA/Legislation and Fairness Act of BC.
  • An software for a chapter order underneath the BIA.
  • An software for an preliminary order underneath the CCAA or the extension of a keep of proceedings underneath the CCAA.
  • An software for aid particular to restructuring procedures in a context of proceedings underneath the BIA or CCAA, corresponding to authorization of a sale of belongings, interim financing, claims course of orders, adjudication of claims, assembly orders and sanction orders.
  • A time-sensitive software in a foreclosures continuing, corresponding to approval of a sale.

Supply: Discover to the Career, the Public and the Media Relating to Civil Proceedings – Insolvency – Date: April 2, 2020


Important or pressing felony issues embrace the following:

  • Judicial interim launch (bail) and bail assessment hearings;
  • Scheduling and detention assessment hearings underneath s. 525 of the Legal Code;
  • Habeas corpus functions, or different functions by in-custody accused individuals and offenders that require immediate consideration;
  • Purposes underneath Half VI of the Legal Code, functions for search warrants or arrest warrants, or different associated functions that shouldn’t be delayed.

See: Discover to the Career, the Public and the Media Relating to Legal Proceedings – Date: revised March 30, 2020

How to Bring an Urgent Application at the B.C. Supreme Court While the Courthouses Are Closed

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