COVID-19 Family and Youth Criminal
UPDATED DECEMBER 2, 2020
Youth Criminal docket matters are no longer presumptively adjourned. Counsel are to appear remotely or in person, and use designations of counsel where possible. Trials and sentencing are to occur as scheduled. In certain cases, the young person must appear. For Youth tickets follow the Traffic Court protocol.
Child Protection Docket matters, Case Management Conferences, Case Conferences and Pretrial Conferences will be by remote appearance or in person, depending on your local area, so please check the protocol for the courthouse you will be appearing in. Initial Custody Hearings and trials will occur as scheduled with in-person attendance of witnesses, parties and counsel unless otherwise directed by the court.
Emergency Protection Orders, PCHAD, PSECA, Mental Health Warrants, and Secure Services applications are to occur in person unless exceptional circumstances exist.
In Family Law matters, docket and pretrial conferences are to occur by remote appearance by parties and counsel, or in person depending on your local area, so please check the protocol for the courthouse you are appearing in. Trials and JDRs are to occur as scheduled with local protocols governing how counsel and parties are to appear. Matters are no longer be presumptively adjourned.
For further information regarding specific court locations and their protocols, see the following links:
Provincial Court Pandemic Plan - COVID19