B.C. lawyers worry about cost to clients as return to in-person court hearings approaches

As the courts in B.C. continue to revert to a way of doing business that looks like pre-pandemic times, some lawyers in the province are upset that certain hearings are returning to in-person proceedings — a move that could cost clients hundreds, or even thousands of dollars for short appearances before a judge.

B.C. Supreme Court is currently carrying out case management — or scheduling conferences — virtually, along with what’s known as chambers hearings. But beginning in August, the court has ordered lawyers to appear in person for chambers hearings.

“I think 99 per cent, everybody’s shocked and against this, because we all know the cost and the consequence of this,” said

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