BC Tribunals (Covid-19)

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This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. This page was last updated by Clicklaw team on April 22, 2020 - 10:00 AM PDT.
As of December 14, 2020, we are no longer updating this page. Please use Clicklaw to find Covid-19 information related to your legal questions.

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 info@crtbc.ca 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

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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