The Supreme Court of British Columbia is the province's superior trial court. The Supreme Court is a court of general and inherent jurisdiction which means that it can hear any type of case, civil or criminal. It hears most appeals from the Provincial Court in civil and criminal cases and appeals from arbitrations. A party may appeal a decision of the Supreme Court to the Court of Appeal.
May 4, 2016
PRACTICE DIRECTION - MASTERS' JURISDICTION
Chief Justice Hinkson has issued PD - 50 - Masters’ Jurisdiction. PD-50 sets out the Chief Justice’s direction as to the matters in respect of which a master is not to exercise jurisdiction. It provides guidelines as to the matters in respect of which a master does have jurisdiction. PD-50 takes effect on May 15, 2016 and replaces PD-42 - Masters’ Jurisdiction (March 25, 2013).
April 18, 2016
WELCOMING CEREMONY - MASTER WILSON - MAY 4, 2016
The Welcoming Ceremony for the Honourable Master Steven Wilson will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Kelowna Law Courts in Courtroom 9 at 4:15 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend the Welcoming Ceremony.
April 14, 2016
JUDICIAL RETIREMENT - THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE RANDALL S.K. WONG
The Supreme Court of British Columbia announces that the Honourable Mr. Justice Wong retired from the Supreme Court of British Columbia at Vancouver on April 14, 2016.
April 6, 2016
REPEAL OF AMENDMENTS TO FAST TRACK COSTS AND CIVIL TARIFF
The amendments to the Civil Rules with respect to costs for fast track actions and changes to the civil tariff, Appendix B, party and party costs scheduled to come into effect July 1, 2016 were repealed by BC Reg. 87/2016 on March 31, 2016.
March 31, 2016
SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA ANNUAL REPORT 2015
The Annual Report
of the Supreme Court of British Columbia discussing the work and activities of the Court for 2015 is now available.
February 25, 2016
NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPTION FROM THE CRIMINAL CODE PROHIBITION AGAINST PHYSICIAN ASSISTED DEATH
Chief Justice Hinkson has issued a notice to provide guidance to counsel and parties who intend to bring an application to the Supreme Court of British Columbia for an exemption from the Criminal Code prohibition in response to the direction from the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2016 SCC 4. A copy of the Notice is available here.
September 4, 2015
Notice of publication ban in HENRY v. HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN THE RIGHT OF BC [VA S114405]