On Monday, the Court of Appeal announced that after a year-long pilot project that saw 547 Court of Appeal documents filed electronically, e-filing is open to everyone. E-filing of civil documents can be processed through Court Services Online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Documents that can be e-filed include:
- notice of appeal
- leave to appeal
- notice of cross appeal
- notice of motion
- certificate of readiness
- application to vary
- leave to intervene
- indigent application
- notice of settlement or abandonment
- registrar’s appointment
- bill of costs
- certificate of costs
According to Chief Justice Lance Finch,
“Court of Appeal e-filing expands access to the court for litigants outside B.C.’s major urban centres by allowing parties to file documents without attending at the court. When a document is e-filed, it also becomes instantaneously available to litigants and the public through the electronic registry, Court Services Online.
As more court documents come online, court information can be distributed and searched from law offices, home computers or public access terminals. Litigants, judges as well as the public can only benefit from this improved level of accessibility and court openness.”
With this announcement, all three levels of court in BC participate in the e-filing system.