July 1, 2012
Fax Filing Update - effective July 1, 2012, new Fax Cover Sheets must be used when fax filing at designated registries. The new Fax Cover Sheets may be found here.
Welcome to Fax Filing!
The Fax Filing Pilot Project, which began Feb. 1, 2003, permits the faxing of most Supreme and Provincial Court civil case documents to 14 court registries across the province.
In Provincial Court, fax filing is still deemed a pilot and the rules are set out in the Provincial Court Fax Filing Project Practice Direction. Fax filing in Supreme Court has been adopted permanently and Supreme Court civil Rule 23-2 and Supreme Court family Rule 22-3 govern fax filing in Supreme Court. A list of Supreme Court registries that accept fax filing and their fax numbers is in Practice Direction 9.
Court Services Branch is offering this service to provide another, convenient way to deliver documents to the registry. Documents that you can send to a fax filing location by fax include many Supreme Court civil, Provincial Court small claims and Provincial Court family documents. Supreme Court writs and petitions may be transmitted to a registry by fax for filing.
The use of VISA and MasterCard for payment of registry service fees (such as small claims fees or the fee for commencing a proceeding) when faxing documents to a registry also continues to be tested. In Prince George, the option of paying fees for documents delivered to the registry by fax or in person with a BC OnLine account is also available.
Court Services Branch will be evaluating the project’s success to decide whether to continue or further expand the service. Users of the service may be contacted for feedback on the project. The identity of these individuals will remain confidential.
The expansion of registry services is aligned with government's goal of enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services to the people of British Columbia - and is the next step on the road to electronic filing of court records.
Please see the links below for detailed information on fax filing. For a listing of the fax filing sites that may receive documents by fax, click here.
- Transmitting by Fax - How to transmit civil court documents to court registries in B.C. Court Services is producing these instructions for transmitting by fax in three formats:
1) Online (HTML) instructions - These are the most comprehensive instructions. They include links to related Web documents and Internet sites.
2) A printable PDF - This guide is designed for those who have access to the Internet but want a hard copy of the instructions to refer to. (Adobe Acrobat is required to access, view or print a PDF. Acrobat can be downloaded free of charge from Adobe's Web site. Go to http://www.adobe.com/, click on "Download Acrobat Reader" and follow the instructions provided.)
3) A print booklet - This booklet is designed for those who do not have access to the Internet. Print copies of the Transmitting by Fax booklets are available at all courthouses in B.C. and may be available at ServiceBC offices, Legal Services Society offices and family justice centres in communities that are served by the Fax Filing sites.
Fax Filing Practice Directions and Notice to Profession