Covid-19 – Court Scheduling – Provincial Court
To protect the health and safety of all court users while ensuring respect for the legal rights of accused persons and civil litigants, the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador is limiting all regular operations, effective Monday, February 15, 2021, until further notice.
As of Monday, February 15, 2021, public access to all Provincial Courthouses is unavailable. If you require assistance for a mandatory/urgent matter, please call the telephone number posted below and a decision will be made if your matter will be processed at that time.
ADULT AND YOUTH CRIMINAL CASES
All adult and youth criminal appearances, trials, hearings, and sentencings (for those persons who are not in custody), for the period February 15, 2021 to March 12, 2021, inclusive, will be rescheduled four (4) weeks from the date of the scheduled court appearance or the next court date thereafter.
The Court will adjourn your matter without you being present using a Court Order called a “bench warrant with discretion” which will require you to attend Court on the new date. Your new Court date will be posted on the website when available.
There will be no in-person hearings. The Court will make full use of video and audio technology to effectively address criminal matters involving accused persons who are in custody to ensure the following matters will proceed, where possible:
- Bail hearings;
- Virtual appearances from Correctional Institutions;
- Preliminary inquiries and trials; and,
- Youth criminal sentence reviews.
WARRANTS AND JUDICIAL AUTHORIZATIONS
The Court will be available to process warrants and judicial authorizations in each region.
Civil matters set to proceed from Monday, February 15, 2021 to Friday, March 12, 2021 will be adjourned indefinitely and parties will be contacted by the Court about rescheduled dates.
Small Claims filings may be made via mail, fax or online (e-filing) at https://provincial.efile.court.nl.ca/
FAMILY AND PROTECTION MATTERS (CHILD AND ADULT)
Non-urgent family matters set to be heard from Monday, February 15, 2021 to Friday, March 12, 2021 will be adjourned for four (4) weeks from the scheduled court date or the next court date thereafter. The Court website will be updated regularly to provide information regarding rescheduling.
Emergency/mandatory matters will proceed virtually, including, but not limited to:
- Child/Adult Protection; and,
- Family Emergency (such as risk of removal of a child from the Province).
All non-urgent family matters, including trials, scheduled to proceed from Monday, February 15, 2021 to Friday, March 12, 2021 are adjourned without the parties having to attend Court. There will be notification regarding the next appearance date by registered mail.
The Provincial Court registries will only accept any new non-urgent family filings from Monday, February 15, 2021 to Friday, March 12, 2021 by mail, e-mail and fax.
TRAFFIC COURT AND CONTRAVENTIONS ACT CASES
Traffic Court and Contraventions Act matters set to proceed from Monday, February 15, 2021 to Friday, March 12, 2021 will be adjourned indefinitely and parties will be contacted by the Court
about rescheduled dates.
- Fine payments can be made to Fines Administration by phone, online at https://www.gov.nl.ca/pay-online/ or by mail (see back of ticket). Payments may also be made to Provincial Court by mail only. Do not mail cash.
- Time to Pay extensions, adjournment requests and not guilty pleas can be made by contacting the local courthouse by mail, e-mail or fax.
- If you fail to notify the requisite court location of your intention to contest a matter by mail, e-mail or fax you will be convicted in your absence.
Travel to circuit locations has been suspended. Any scheduled circuit matters between February 15, 2021 and March 12, 2021 affected by this temporary closure will be called on the next scheduled court circuit in the respective community.
Specialty Courts will proceed via virtual appearance, if possible. Participants will be contacted.
Court operations will be monitored to ensure optimal service during these challenging times.
Where possible, Courthouses may be re-opened. Any changes will be posted on this website, https://court.nl.ca/provincial/
Enquiries can be made to the local Courthouse. The contact information can be found in the attached notice.