Pandemic pushes British Columbia to extend stay of civil jury trials by one year

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The stay of civil jury trials in British Columbia is extended for one year in an effort to help courts stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.A statement from Attorney General David Eby said they made the changes in consultation with key legal sectors in an effort to find the best way forward during the pandemic.

The suspension that began on March 19 has now been extended to October 4, 2021.

The statement states that any civil lawsuit between these dates will be heard by a single judge and that neither party to the case will be allowed to adjourn it unless the judge decides otherwise.

The government said the suspension will help minimize delays in taking action to protect a jury from COVID-19 in court.

British Columbia Bar President Craig Ferris and Jennifer Brun, President of the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Bar Association, say their groups support changes that ensure some civil cases can continue during the pandemic.

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