Supreme Court of British ColumbiaNotice to the Profession
Re: Guidelines Applicable to Court-to-Court
Communications in Cross-Border Cases
In 2000, the American Law Institute developed Guidelines Applicable to Court-to-Court Communications in Cross-Border Cases (the Guidelines) as part of its Transnational Insolvency Project. The Guidelines are intended to enhance coordination and harmonization of insolvency proceedings which involve more than one jurisdiction by providing direction for communications between the courts in the jurisdictions involved. The International Insolvency Institute approved the Guidelines in 2001 and recommended that insolvency professionals and courts adopt the Guidelines to facilitate court-to-court communication in cross-border matters.
Following this recommendation, Supreme Court reviewed and adopted the Guidelines on November 10, 2004. The Guidelines have been posted on the Supreme Court website at www.courts.gov.bc.ca. The Guidelines are also available on the International Insolvency Institute website at www.iiiglobal.org.
It is important to emphasize that the Guidelines require that all the rules and procedures governing proceedings in British Columbia be complied with. Nor do the Guidelines alter or affect the substantive rights of the parties or give any advantage to any party over any other party.
November 22, 2004 Donald I. Brenner,
Chief JusticeCall Vancouver Litigation at 604-257-1854 or email [email protected] for more information.