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COVID-19 important service update

The covid-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented changes to the justice system in British Columbia and in Canada. The law courts are still functioning to a degree, but at this time the judges are hearing only “essential and urgent matters”, including but not limited to:

  • Bail hearings for accused persons who have been detained;
  • Presentation hearings when children have been removed from their families by the Ministry;
  • Enforcement applications for wrongful denial of parenting time;
  • Applications for protection orders, conduct orders, exclusive possession of the family home;
  • Applications for orders probihiting the removal of children from a geographical area, or returning children who have been wrongfully removed;
  • Applications for orders preserving family property; and
  • Applications for orders related to the well-being of children, such as essential medical decisions and other urgent issues.

New processes have been implemented by both the Supreme and Provincial Courts of British Columbia, and these processes are being regularly updated and modified. Updates can be found on the courts’ respective websites:

I am providing full legal services during the pandemic, limited only by the new procedures implemented by the courts and the social distancing guidelines.

The courts are making summary decisions regarding which matters qualify as “essential and urgent”, so it is important to present your case as effectively as possible for the initial summary hearing. I can help with that. If you are facing a situation that you believe qualifies as urgent and/or essential, please email me to schedule a free initial half hour consultation.