From the Courts

BC Supreme Court

A two-year pilot project will begin in the Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George and Nelson Supreme Court registries beginning September 1 to streamline cases under $100,000.

Supreme Court Rule 68 sets out the new procedures and is available on the Supreme Court website at www. courts.gov.bc.ca/sc. Chief Justice Brenner has issued a notice to the profession, “Rule 68: Expedited Litigation Project Rule,” which is available at www.lawsociety.bc.ca/N-SCC-Rule68.pdf.

BC Court of Appeal

The BC Court of Appeal has advised the profession that, under Rule 40(9), there are lists of authorities that the parties need not reproduce in their book of authorities. Instead, when one of these authorities is being relied upon, the Court of Appeal requires that the party reproduce only the headnote and the passage relied upon. The authorities are set out as “frequently cited authorities” under “What’s new” on the BC Court of Appeal webpage: www.courts.gov.bc.ca/ca.