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For Immediate Release


Feb. 4, 2005

Ministry of Attorney General




VANCOUVER – A new electronic court registry will provide easy access to B.C.’s civil court registry through the Internet, Attorney General Geoff Plant announced today.


“We are modernizing the court system to reflect the changing needs of how day to day business is conducted in our high-tech environment,” said Plant. “This new tool allows people, anywhere in the province or world, to access provincial civil court records quickly and conveniently. It's important that government keeps pace with new technology and this innovative tool reflects how court services are changing to meet those needs.”


Court Services Online E-search will allow searches of civil court proceedings filed in any registry of the B.C. Supreme Court and the B.C. provincial court electronically. For a fee of $6 per transaction, users can access, search and file court documents from any registry in the province. Court Services Online is a voluntary service and court registry clients will continue to have the option of conducting business at the registry.


“The Law Society welcomes this innovative, new service,” said Law Society of B.C. president Ralston Alexander, QC. “With Court Services Online, B.C. lawyers will be able to serve their clients better regardless of where they are located. This project is an excellent example of how modern technology can be used to improve the public’s access to our court system.”


The Court Services Online e-search service was developed by the Court Services Branch of the Ministry of Attorney General in co-operation with the British Columbia Judiciary. Since 2003, client advisory and working groups, consisting of members from the legal community and registry agents, have guided the development of the project.


The launch of Court Services Online is the first phase in the development of an electronic court registry to provide court services via the Internet. Documents from the court of appeal will be available in early 2005, and electronic filing services will be available in 2006. The project is part of the ministry’s overall plan to make B.C.’s justice system fair, equitable and efficient for all British Columbians.


  For further information and to access Court Services Online, please visit: online.





Kelly Harris

Public Affairs Bureau

Ministry of Attorney General

250 387-1253


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