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.
June 24, 2016
SPECIAL SITTING — THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE BRIAN M. JOYCE — JULY 20, 2016
The Supreme Court of British Columbia will hold a special sitting in honour of the late Honourable Mr. Justice Brian M. Joyce on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. at the New Westminster Law Courts in Courtroom 209. Members of the public are invited to attend the special sitting.
June 20, 2016
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE BRIAN M. JOYCE
The Supreme Court of British Columbia announces with deep sadness the passing of Mr. Justice Brian Joyce on June 17, 2016. Mr. Justice Joyce was known for his fairness and patience with all litigants who appeared before him and was a trusted and valued colleague and friend. The Court extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Justice Joyce.
June 17, 2016
PRACTICE DIRECTION - CONSENT ORDER TO DISPENSE WITH TRIAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE IN CIVIL CASES - JULY 1, 2016
PD- 51-Consent Order to Dispense with Trial Management Conferences in Civil Cases, has been issued by Chief Justice Hinkson and will take effect on July 1, 2016 to coincide with amendments to Civil Rule 12-2 dealing with trial management conferences which also take effect on July 1 2016.
PD 51 sets out some administrative requirements which must be observed on desk order applications to dispense with a TMC. PD 51 requires that such applications be e-filed, and that an email advice be sent to an dedicated inbox managed by Supreme Court Scheduling. This will allow such applications to be segregated from other incoming desk order applications, and dealt with on the quick turnaround that the time limits of the TMC rule will require. The judge or master reviewing the application may make the order to dispense with the TMC if satisfied that the matter is ready to proceed to trial and can be completed within the time reserved for it.
June 17, 2016
JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS – MADAM JUSTICE MARGUERITE H. CHURCH AND MADAM JUSTICE MARIA MORELLATO
The Supreme Court of British Columbia welcomes the appointment of the Honourable Madam Justice Marguerite H. Church to Prince George and the appointment of the Honourable Madam Justice Maria Morellato to Vancouver. Public welcoming ceremonies for our new justices will be held on a date to be scheduled. Information about the welcoming ceremonies will be posted on the court’s website.
June 2, 2016
TRIAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES
Amendments to Rule 12-2 of the Supreme Court Civil Rules, Trial Management Conferences, come into effect on July 1, 2016. These amendments establish several new timelines. Failure to meet the timelines may result in trials being removed from the trial list. This Notice describes the new timelines and provides an example of how the timelines are calculated.