Notices from the courts

The BC Court of Appeal has issued two notices to the profession:

1. Sittings in Kamloops and Kelowna – A division of the BCCA is currently scheduled to sit in Kamloops on March 10, 11 and 12, 2008 and in Kelowna on March 13 and 14, 2008. If there are no hearings scheduled by January 11, 2008, these Interior sittings will be cancelled, and the Division of the Court will sit in Vancouver.

2. Hearings in Victoria – The BCCA sits regularly in Vancouver, monthly in Victoria and occasionally in Kamloops and Kelowna. Vancouver is the central registry for the Court of Appeal. Most of the judges of the Court reside in Vancouver and the scheduling and review of material takes place in Vancouver. All of the files and books are located in Vancouver. For the hearing of appeals and chambers matters, the material is sent from Vancouver to the registry where the matter will be heard.

For hearings and chambers applications set to be heard in Vancouver, and for related written submissions, the Court requires that all relevant materials be filed in Vancouver, if possible. This will avoid delays in the materials being transferred from outside registries to the Vancouver Registry.

The Supreme Court of BC has issued a Practice Direction expanding the Publication Ban Notification Project commenced at the Vancouver Registry to New Westminster. The pilot project established a procedure to provide electronic notification to media outlets, and any other member of the public who subscribes to the notification service, of applications for discretionary orders to ban publication or to close the courtroom in criminal or quasi-criminal matters. Notification is made through an electronic email subscription service maintained on the Court’s website.

For the full practice declaration, go to the court’s website at