Estate Litigation & COVID-19: COVID-19 Notice No. 24 was issued by Chief Justice Hinkson on May 26, 2020, which declared that parties not appearing Court in-person as a result of safety measures taken in light of COVID-19 must file their affidavits of service or delivery.
As we referenced in our blog post earlier this week, Chief Justice Hinkson made directions with regard to how the Supreme Court of British Columbia will be resuming some regular operations. COVID-19 Notice No. 28 was issued on June 5, 2020, and it clarifies how chambers applications will proceed while regular operations continue to be suspended.
On June 3, the Honourable Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson made directions regarding the resumption of further court operations, subsequent to the suspension of regular operations on March 19, 2020. In COVID-19 Notice No. 25, Chief Justice Hinkson outlines procedure for some of the court operations that will start to resume, but cautions that "[d]ue to the fluidity of the situation, the Court will continue to be guided by public health recommendations, and further adjustments to Court processes may be required" (para 2).
We started our "New Normal" blog series last month, which explores how the practice of law has changed here in British Columbia in light of COVID-19. So far, we've posted on matters relating to general practice and estate planning. This week, we are exploring a number of subtopics relating to estate litigation, and we're starting with affidavits.
The pandemic that we currently face has triggered drastic changes in the ways in which we live, the ways in which we work, and the ways in which we interact with the world around us. As we continue to adjust to our "new normal" during COVID19, we have all had to make changes, and we have had to do so rapidly. The ways in which we normally operate have no longer been feasible, and we have had to adjust, on what seems like on a daily basis, to procedures that keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe.