From the Courts

Practice directions and notices

Check the superior courts website at www.courts.gov.bc.ca/SC/sc-pdir.htm for the most recent BC Supreme Court notices and practice directions. Highlights include:

  • Exchange of witness lists (Practice direction: July 10, 2002; in effect, September 1, 2002)
  • Release of written reserved judgments (Practice direction: June 7, 2002)
  • Judicial case conferences in family law proceedings under Rule 60E (Practice Direction: June 26, 2002)
  • Publication of family law judgments on the Supreme Court website (Notice: July 11, 2002; in effect September 1, 2002)*

*Note on family law judgments: As of September 1, 2002, the BC Supreme Court is no longer publishing judgments in family law cases on the court's website, with one important exception. If a judge or master considers that his or her judgment is one that should be posted for any reason, including the fact that it is considered to have precedential value, the judgment will be posted. For judgments that are to be posted, the judge or master will remove names and other sensitive personal information before the judgment is released.

The Court will continue to make family law judgments available at registries and will continue to distribute them to legal publishers.

The BC Courthouse Library Society has announced that it will receive and store all family law judgments, available to users at the Library's copy rate of 60 cents per page. The Library is also planning to create a web-based full-text searchable database, to be available to members of the Law Society. The database should be available by the end of 2002. Please contact the Vancouver Courthouse Library Reference Section at (604) 660-2821, toll-free at 1-800 665-2570 or by e-mail at bccls@bccls.bc.ca.



Rules Revision Committee seeks comments on Calderbank letters

Due to recent appellate decisions placing the continuing use of Calderbank letters in doubt, the Supreme Court Rules Revision Committee is seeking input from the bar about possible changes to Rule 37, which governs offers to settle to allow for the continued use of Calderbank letters where appropriate.

The deadline for comments to the Committee is January 15, 2003. For details, see www.courts.gov.bc.ca/Sc/sc-main.htm.