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In-person hearings may resume soon in BC

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:35 PDT, Thu May 28, 2020

In-person hearings may soon be able to resume in BC.

“COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges for court users and justice sector partners,” said Attorney General David Eby. “Working with the judiciary, we are assessing courthouses to determine the best approach to protect the health of court users. Each courthouse is different, but this might mean measures such as marking floors to indicate distances in lines at registry, elevators, washrooms and inside courtrooms, and disinfecting courtrooms after use.”

Courtrooms throughout the province are being assessed to ensure they meet the health and safety requirements established by the provincial health officer and WorkSafeBC. Plans may differ by location and courthouse configuration.

This work is occurring now, with the expectation that within the next few weeks, a limited number of courtrooms will be available throughout the province for in-person hearings.

The ministry has also been working to increase technology enhancements outlined in the Court Digital Transformation Strategy. This includes continued expansion of technology for virtual hearings in cases where it is deemed appropriate.

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