News from the Courts

BC Supreme Court

Notices to the Profession
From Chief Justice Donald I. Brenner

1) New Family Law Procedures (Rule 60E) (May 13, 2002)

2) Rule 60E - Family Law Judicial Case Conference Pilot Project - Supreme Court Website Material (June 26, 2002)

Practice Direction
From Chief Justice Donald I. Brenner
Judicial Case Conferences in Family Law Proceedings under Rule 60E
(June 26, 2002)

The Chief Justice has issued two notices to the profession and a practice direction respecting new procedures in family law matters in effect as of July 1 and introducing a two-year pilot project on family law judicial case conferences.

The text of these notices and the practice direction can be found on the superior courts website at www.courts.gov.bc.ca/SC/sc-pdir.htm.

Practice Direction (June 7, 2002)
from Chief Justice Donald I. Brenner
Release of written reserved judgments

A new practice direction provides that, effective June 17, counsel and self-represented parties will receive notice of written reserve judgments 24 hours in advance of their release to the public and the media, subject to a discretion in the presiding judge or master to issue the reasons to the public and the media at the same time they are released to the parties. The text of the practice direction is available on the superior courts website at www.courts.gov.bc.ca/SC/sc-pdir.htm.

Practice Direction (May 10, 2002)
from Chief Justice Donald I. Brenner
Citation of unreported judgments in submissions to the court

This practice direction provides that counsel and self-represented parties should not rely on unreported reasons for judgment in the course of making either oral or written submissions to the court without first providing a copy of the reasons to the opposing party. The text of the direction is available on the superior courts website at www.courts.gov.bc.ca/SC/sc-pdir.htm.