Public consultation open for a proposed new approach for the Provincial Court Family Rules and forms

by BC Ministry of Attorney General

The public is invited to provide written comments on the policy direction, draft language, and specific consultation questions embedded in the discussion paper. Find it at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/provincial-court-family-rules-consultation.

Feedback received before December 16, 2019 will be considered in finalizing the Rules.

The Provincial Court Family Rules (the rules) are used to manage cases and resolve issues within the jurisdiction of the provincial court (parenting arrangements, child support, contact with a child, guardianship of a child and spousal support). The rules also apply to enforcement of child and spousal support under the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act (FMEA). 

The Ministry of Attorney General and the Provincial Court of British Columbia invite comments on the proposed new Provincial Court Family Rules and forms. Feedback will be considered in finalizing the rules, which will be reviewed with the Provincial Court Family Rules Working Group and Steering Committee, the Chief Judge and eventually prepared as an Order in Council for consideration by cabinet.

Comments may be provided in the following ways:

  • Email:                     JSB.FPLT@gov.bc.ca
  • Fax:                        250-356-2721
  • Regular mail:       Family Policy Legislation & Transformation

Justice Services Branch
Ministry of Attorney General
PO Box 9222, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C.  V8W 9J1

The ministry will assume that comments received are not confidential and that respondents consent to the ministry attributing their comments to them and to the release or publication of their submissions. Any requests for confidentiality or anonymity, must be clearly marked and will be respected to the extent permitted by freedom of information legislation.

Please note that the deadline for providing feedback is December 16, 2019.

Helping Clients with Going to BC Provincial Court? This One’s for You

Do you refer clients to resources about small claims, family court, or criminal court? Clicklaw has updated the handouts that could help you share these key resources. Check out the Provincial Court Resources for Everyone.

Where to get them & what’s new

Follow the links below, click “Download PDF handout”, then print & distribute the handouts:

  • Family Court: bit.ly/clicklawpcf (the new Family Law in BC website added)
  • Small Claims: bit.ly/clicklawpcs (the new Guide to Small Claims Court from BC Provincial Court added)
  • Criminal Court: bit.ly/clicklawpcc (details for criminal law resources from LSS and JES updated)

The handouts give a brief overview of the resources and direct readers to the short URL (bit.ly) given at the bottom of the page. The links resolve to Clicklaw’s Common Questions pages for more details.

Please share with your clients to help them better understand the court process.

New Small Claims Court Guide

Logo of BC Provincial Court

The handouts also include some great resources from the BC Provincial Court, including the new Small Claims Court Guide. Using a fictional sample problem, it explains the Small Claims Court process and includes claimants’ guide, defendants’ guide, and sample documents for both. Read more about it from BC Provincial Court’s eNews.

Background

In 2015, we worked with the BC Provincial Court and the Clicklaw Steering Committee to create three special Common Questions pages and handouts. The intention was to guide Self-Represented Litigants to resources specific to Family Court, Criminal Court and Small Claims Court. We have updated the handouts throughout the years, with help from our contributors.

Acknowledgement

Thank you to everyone who made this happen. This July 2019 version is based on recent feedback from our contributors at the BC Provincial Court, Justice Education Society, Legal Services Society, and People’s Law School.

Send us feedback

Have you used any of them with your clients? Have any comments you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you. Email us.

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