From the BC Supreme Court

New practice directions

Jurats: The Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court has issued a practice direction requiring that, for any affidavit filed with the Court, the name of the commissioner before whom the affidavit is filed must be legibly written or typed as part of the jurat in addition to the commissioner’s signature.

Small claims appeals: The Chief Justice has also issued a practice direction respecting small claims appeals and a notice to the profession on Guidelines Applicable to Court-to-Court Communications in Cross-Border cases. These guidelines were recently adopted by the Court to enhance coordination of insolvency proceedings in more than one jurisdiction.

Commercial chambers applications: In a recent notice to the profession the Chief Justice announced a pilot project, in effect January 1, for the conduct of commercial chambers applications. Under the pilot project, counsel are asked to exchange and file concise briefs of argument one week in advance of the date scheduled for hearing. These briefs are to include an introduction, a statement of facts, a statement of issues and a statement of argument. At the commencement of the hearing, counsel for the parties should be able to advise the court of the matters over which there is still disagreement.

For the text of these practice directives and the notice, visit the BC Courts website at

“You be the Judge” schools project

“You be the Judge” is a new program, designed and produced by Canadian judges, for integration into high school socials studies, civics and law courses. A project of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association, “You be the Judge” introduces case scenarios through which students can experience the role of judges and explore such concepts as the rule of law, judicial independence and judicial impartiality.

For more information, visit the resource website for teachers and students at