VICTORIA, B.C. –  British Columbians are now able to complete and file provincial family law case applications online.

This new online service is part of the Province’s plan to modernize access to court services.

“Filing family law matters, such as protection orders and child support in Provincial Court, often means taking time off work and having to travel to a court registry, which creates barriers for many British Columbians,” said Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity.

“This new service provides an accessible and convenient option for individuals and families, as they can complete and file their forms online.”

The new service allows people across the province to digitally fill out and file forms for various family matters like child support, parenting arrangements, case management, and protection orders.

Due to its trauma-informed design and functionality, this online service also includes safety screening, a quick exit button, safety checks, and referrals to various resources. Any information entered is also saved as the user progresses through questions for those who pause and return to finish the form later.

“This innovative use of technology will benefit people who might have otherwise found it challenging to access the family law system,” Lore said.

“This online service has been specially designed to assist those who have experienced trauma and is part of our ongoing work to help people who are facing gender-based violence. It has been designed in consultation with front-line workers who support victims of violence and provides a safer alternative for people in dangerous situations to file for a protection order without having to attend a court registry in person.”

The new online service is accessible here.

According to a government release, around 21,000 applications are filled out and filed annually for provincial court family cases.