Common QuestionsI may have to go to BC Supreme Court. Where do I start?
The court system in British Columbia has three levels, the Provincial Court, the Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal. The BC Supreme Court is the higher level trial court. It also hears appeals from the Provincial Court, and sometimes reviews the decisions of certain provincial tribunals and public decision-making bodies.
The resources below outline the sources of law to consider when starting a case, the steps involved, and tips for appearing in court.
Good starting points include:
- Guide to the BC Court System, from the Justice Education Society, is a series of videos about the court system, including a video titled "How Supreme Court Works".
- Overview of the Supreme Court Civil Process, from the Justice Education Society, is one of a series of self-help guidebooks about civil, non-family claims in the Supreme Court of BC.
- The Family Law in British Columbia website from Legal Services Society features extensive information about going to Supreme Court to deal with a family law matter. A guide is available to Do Your Own Uncontested Divorce in the Supreme Court of BC. There are also guides on getting an initial family order in the BC Supreme Court if you and the other party agree or if you and the other party cannot agree.
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Last reviewed January 2015
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