THE ADVOCATE 585
VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
British Columbia Court of Appeal
Practice Directive (Civil & Criminal)
Title: Submission of Electronic Factums and Statements
Issued: 22 April 2019
Effective: 02 July 2019
Cite as: Submission of Electronic Factums and Statements
(Civil & Criminal Practice Directive, 02 July 2019)
1. This Practice Directive sets out the procedures to be followed by parties
delivering electronic factums (including reply factums) and statements
to the Court. In cases of demonstrated hardship, the Registrar may
exclude a self-represented litigant from these requirements.
2. Since June 2014, parties have been delivering their factums and statements
to the Court through the use of external media, such as DVD,
memory stick or CD-ROM. These were filed at the same time as the
paper versions of the parties’ factums.
3. To reduce the cost of this process, the Court will now receive factums
and statements via email to <email@example.com> and
will no longer receive them on external media. At the time the factum
or statement is filed in paper, the parties must present a copy of the
email transmitting their factum electronically. If this is not done, the
registry will reject the filing of the paper factum.
4. Judges must be able to copy and paste from an electronic factum or
statement. As such, the electronic factum or statement must be submitted
in optical character recognized (OCR) portable document format
(PDF) or saved as a PDF from which text can be copied and pasted.
Scanned factums or statements without OCR will be rejected, as will
those which are not PDF.
5. The format of the electronic factum or statement shall be in one complete
file, include the coversheet, index, any appendices and the content
required by civil Form 10 – Appellant’s Factum, Form 10 –
Respondent’s Factum and Form 11 – Appellant’s Reply Factum or criminal
Form 6 – Factum. The electronic factum or statement shall be a
true copy of the paper factum, excluding the handwritten signature. As
stated in Citation of Authorities (Civil & Criminal Practice Directive, 30
May 2013), the Court welcomes optional hyperlinks to authorities in
electronic versions of factums.