The Honourable Chief Justice Bauman of the Supreme Court of BC has issued a notice that details new measures to address problems with chambers applications (i.e., the number of matters being bumped, difficulty rescheduling continuations, a lack of early hearing dates) at the Vancouver Law Courts.
Effective October 3, the following new measures were implemented:
“1. Registry Staff will be directed to strike matters from the hearing list where the application record is not provided to the registry by 4pm on the business day that is one full business day before the date set for the hearing.
2. The masters list will be split into civil and family chambers and an additional master will be scheduled to preside on a daily basis where the number of applications warrants.
3. Matters under 2 hours that are within the jurisdiction of a judge will be directed to courtroom 31. The SC Scheduling Managers will consult with the presiding judge to manage referrals as judges become available.
4. Additions to the list including short leave applications and urgent matters will be send up to the judge or masters courtrooms as before, and will be heard in order of priority which the judge or master considers appropriate having regard to other matters on the list.”