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d. “judicial officer” means a Justice or division of the Court of Appeal,
Justice of the Supreme Court, Provincial Court Judge, Master, Judicial
Justice, Judicial Case Manager, Registrar or Justice of the
Prohibitions on the Use of Electronic Devices
2. Except as permitted under this policy, the use of electronic devices in
courtrooms to transmit and receive text is prohibited.
3. In addition, an electronic device may not be used in a courtroom:
a. in a manner that interferes with the court sound system or other
b. in a manner that interferes with courtroom decorum, is inconsistent
with the court functions, or otherwise impedes the administration
c. in a manner that generates sound or requires speaking into the
d. to take photographs or record video images except as permitted in
e. to audio record or digitally transcribe the proceedings except as
permitted by this policy.
Permitted Use of Electronic Devices in the Court of Appeal
4. In a courtroom of the Court of Appeal, any person may use an electronic
device to transmit or receive text in a discreet manner that does
not interfere with the proceedings.
Permitted Use of Electronic Devices in the Supreme Court and the Provincial
5. In courtrooms of the Supreme Court and of the Provincial Court
a. accredited media; and
b. lawyers who are members of the Law Society of British Columbia,
may use electronic devices to transmit and receive text in a discreet manner
that does not interfere with the proceedings.
Permitted Audio Recording by Accredited Media in All Courts
6. In courtrooms of the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the
Provincial Court, accredited media may use electronic devices to audio
record a proceeding for the sole purpose of verifying their notes and for
no other purpose subject to the following restrictions: