From the Supreme Court of B.C.

Draft guidelines for television coverage of court proceedings: submissions invited by October 1

Chief Justice Brenner of the B.C. Supreme Court is inviting submissions on "Draft Guidelines for Television Coverage of Court Proceedings," issued July 10, 2001 and available on the B.C. Superior Courts website at www.courts.gov.bc.ca/SC/Sc-main.htm.

The deadline for comments is October 1, 2001.

[Note: A "Policy on Television in the Courtroom," adopted March 9, 2001, and a press release from the Chief Justice of April 18, 2001, are also available on the website.]

Proposed family law procedures, effective January 1, 2002: comments invited by September 30

The Supreme Court has approved in principle procedures for dealing with family law cases throughout the province, effective January 1, 2002. These are a combination of the Vancouver Early Intervention Project and the New Westminster Family Program.

[Note: A Notice to the Profession from Chief Justice Brenner is enclosed in this mailing and the report on the proposed procedures is available on the Superior Courts website at www.courts.gov.bc.ca/SC/Sc-main.htm.]

The deadline for comments is September 30, 2001 .

Changes to chambers practice - filing window

(Practice direction - Chief Justice Brenner: July 3, 2001)

"This practice direction is made under Rule 51A (12) (f) of the Supreme Court Rules.

For applications referred to in Rule 51A (12), the applicant must file the Notice of Hearing and other documents set out in Rule 51A (3) and 51A (12) (f) within the following time limits:

(a) if the documents are filed in the Vancouver, Victoria, New Westminster or Nanaimo registry, they must be filed between 9:00 a.m. on the second court day before, and noon on the day before, the date set for hearing;

(b) if the documents are filed in any other registry, they must be filed between 9:00 a.m. on the day that is one week before the date set for hearing and noon on the day before the date set for hearing."

[Note: Both the Practice Direction "Changes to chambers practice" of April 19, 2001 and the above "Changes to chambers practice - filing window" can be accessed on the Superior Courts website at www.courts.gov.bc.ca/ Sc/sc-pdir.htm.]