From the BC Supreme Court

Notices to the Profession: December 12, 2005,from Chief Justice Donald I. Brenner
Requests to appear back before a specific judge or master

Commencing January 1, 2006, the court will adopt a new procedure to deal with requests from counsel and self-represented litigants to appear back before a specific judge or master. This new procedure is being implemented to facilitate and standardize the process for the receipt of such requests.

After January 1, 2006, counsel or self- represented litigants making a request to appear back before a specific judge or master will be able to complete the form described in the following link: www.courts.gov.bc.ca/sc/requesttoappear.asp.

All parts of the form must be completed including the nature of the application, the reason why the application must be heard by the specific judge or master, the position of the opposing counsel or self-represented litigants to the application, the last hearing date before the specific judge or master, and the mutually available dates for the appearance back before the specific judge or master.

The applicant is obliged to send a copy of the request by fax or ordinary mail to such counsel or self-represented litigants who do not have access to email.

To assist in the transition, this new practice will be optional until February 28, 2006. After that date it will become mandatory.


This notice to the profession replaces the notice to the profession issued by Chief Justice McEachern on June 27, 1988, which is hereby cancelled.

Matters within the scope of the commercial chambers mini-pilot project

The commercial chambers mini-pilot project includes within its scope matters involving:

1. the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act;
2. the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act;
3. the Business Corporations Act and the Canada Business Corporations Act;
4. the Personal Property Security Act;
5. the Securities Act;
6. the Partnership Act;
7. applications for injunctions in commercial matters; and

such other commercial matters as the Chief Justice may direct be heard in commercial chambers.


Lawyers can access BC Supreme Court notices to the profession online at www.courts.gov.bc.ca/sc.