Courts to reopen June 15

Courtrooms in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek will reopen June 15.

The provincial court says one courtroom will open in each city for in-person appearances. In-person proceedings will only be available for priority matters that cannot otherwise be accommodated remotely, the court said.

article continues below

“Open accessible courts are fundamental to our democracy,” the court said in a May 26 update.

“The rule of law depends on it. However, the public, litigants, court staff, court participants, counsel, judges and the media need to know that when they come to court they will be safe.” 

For criminal matters, the court says it continues to hold bail hearings remotely, and that opening courtrooms will not change this process. The court says it is conducting pre-trial conferences on all criminal trials that are scheduled for longer than half a day.

For small claims, the court says it is conducting settlement conferences by telephone on all matters that were scheduled for conferences since March 15, 2020 and were adjourned due to COVID-19.

For family court, the court says it is rescheduling all case conferences that were adjourned due to COVID-19. Those will proceed by telephone, and if issues cannot be resolved, the judge will canvas whether the hearing can proceed by audio or videoconference and what admissions can be made, the court said.

Traffic and ticket matters scheduled from March 18 to June 12, 2020 are adjourned without the disputant having to attend Court and will be rescheduled to a later date, the court said.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at

© Copyright Alaska Highway News


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Alaska Highway News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Popular News

Lowest Gas Prices in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St John, Tumbler Ridge
British Columbia Gas Prices provided by

Community Event Calendar

Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.