What are the rules of court and why does it matter?

The term “rules of court” refers to the procedures that guide the court process. These rules cover every aspect of going to court, including:

  • starting and responding to a court action;
  • serving documents;
  • presenting evidence to the court;
  • getting temporary (“interim”) remedies from the court; and
  • conducting a trial.

The rules that apply to actions in Provincial Court are different from the rules that apply to actions in the Court of Queen’s Bench. Most of the rules that apply to court actions are set out in laws. However, there is no single source for all of the rules that you will need to know.

These rules are not just for lawyers—you must follow them even if you are representing yourself.