BC Tribunals (Covid-19)
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This page provides links to service changes announcement and more details, including notices, from BC courts and tribunals.
This list is a starting point and is not meant to be exhaustive. It is not intended to give legal advice on your particular legal problem.
Civil Resolution Tribunal
- Covid-19 Response Plan
- April 8: Civil Resolution Tribunal extends deadlines, waives fees for those struggling financially during pandemic
- The CRT will consider extending deadlines for applications and dispute responses upon request, and they have extended deadlines for respondents impacted by the Pandemic until at least May 15th, 2020.
- French, Punjabi and Chinese translations available.
- Remains open and continues to operate normally.
- If you are a party to a CRT dispute and you need an extension of time due to COVID-19, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the reason for your request and your dispute number.
- On March 26, 2020 the government issued a Ministerial Order under the Emergency Program Act. Section 2 of the order suspends limitation periods and other mandatory time periods for commencing a legal proceeding in court. This does not apply to the CRT. Limitation periods and other mandatory time periods continue to apply to CRT proceedings. However, section 3 of the order provides the CRT with the ability to waive, suspend or extend a mandatory time period relating to the exercise of the CRT’s statutory power of decision.
Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal BC
- Covid-19 Update
- No longer be offering oral hearings. Appellants will still have a choice of written and teleconference hearings. Already scheduled oral hearings will be converted to teleconferences and parties will be contacted with information regarding these changes.
Labour Relations Board BC
- Notice on COVID-19 Service Impacts - March 30 Update
- Important updates regarding Ministerial Order 086 and Ministerial Order 085
- The Board’s offices in Vancouver remain closed to the public
- Applications and complaints under the Code are still being accepted and processed but response times may be delayed.
- Hearings, mediations, and/or settlement conferences will still occur however not in-person.
Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal
- Notice regarding in-person hearing postponements, as well as timelines for filing notices of appeal, submissions, and evidence
- All in-person hearings are postponed until May 31, 2020. Read the notice above to learn about alternate plans to manage hearings, deadlines for submissions, and how to ask for more time if you are struggling to meet a submission or evidence deadline.
BC Human Rights Tribunal
- COVID-19 Response
- The Tribunal's reception desk, hearing and mediation rooms are all temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19.
- There is a 1-year time limit to file complaints, but look to the resource linked above for instructions on how to file urgent complaints, and how to file materials.
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