Prince Edward Island Courts - COVID-19 Impacts

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The Courts continue to take all steps directed by the Public Health Emergency to contain community spread. The Courts resumed hearing cases in early June. Cases are now heard by video, audio, and in person as appropriate. Masks are required in all court buildings. See www.courts.pe.ca for more information.

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal Practice Direction for electronic hearings issued May 1st, 2020 (Practice Direction 46) applies to video and audio hearings.

In-person hearings involve physical distancing and COVID-19 protocols remain in place.

Supreme Court

In March 2020, the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island suspended regular operations due to the COVID - 19 pandemic. Proceedings were limited to urgent, emergency or essential matters. This suspension of regular operations continued until the end of May.

In mid-May, with the easing of some restrictions related to COVID-19, the court expanded its operations, and proceeded with case management conference calls.  Recently, the court has also scheduled pre-motion conferences, pre-trial conferences, and settlement conferences (many of which are proceeding with the use of technology).

Effective June 15, 2020, the court will no longer be in the "urgent, emergency, or essential services" model. As such, parties will no longer have to establish a matter is urgent, an emergency or essential in order to proceed.  In-person hearings will be scheduled, provided the hearings can be conducted in accordance with established protocols to address COVID-19.  The court will continue to explore with counsel and the parties the option of utilizing technology to conduct hearings.

The court has issued directives related to in-person hearings (In Person Hearing Directives), which may continue to be modified. These are posted and further updates will be posted on the court's website.

Supreme Court - Summerside

Be advised that effective April 7, 2021 due to the requirements for physical distancing and the limited space available at the Prince County Courthouse, all Supreme Court civil matters being heard in Summerside will take place at 40 Parkway Drive, Slemon Park, unless counsel is specifically advised otherwise by the court. 

Minimize in-person contact

All members of the public are expected to follow the directions of the Chief Public Health Office. Any person who is subject to self-isolation or quarantine or is experiencing possible coronavirus / COVID-19 symptoms must not personally attend any courthouse.

In Person Court Hearings will be scheduled, provided the hearings can be conducted in accordance with established protocols to address COVID-19.  The court will continue to explore with counsel and the parties the option of utilizing technology to conduct hearings.

Questions about court appearances

Individuals who have questions about court appearances should first contact their lawyer. If an individual does not have a lawyer, or if further information is required, contact the following:

Filing court documents

Court staff require use of the drop box for filings. Filing in accordance with Practice Direction 46 (e-filing or filing by fax) remain as options.

Documents sent for e-filing should be sent by email to scfiling@courts.pe.ca

Visit www.courts.pe.ca or contact the Registrar at 902-368-6669.

Making payments to sheriff's office

For information about payments, contact the sheriff's office at 902-620-3573.

 

 

Date de publication : 
le 13 Octobre 2021
Justice et Sécurité publique

Renseignements généraux

Legal and Court Services Division
4th Floor, Shaw South
95 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8
Phone: 902-368-6522
Fax: 902-368-4563

legalservices@gov.pe.ca