Serve Provincial Court documents

Depending on the document, you can serve documents in a Provincial Court family case in two ways:

  • Personal service
  • Delivery

Personal service means that someone must physically hand the document to the person who needs to receive it. You can't do this yourself — you must have another adult serve it for you.

Delivery means that the document can be dropped off, mailed, faxed, or emailed to the other person's address for service.

Only these Provincial Court documents must be served personally:

  • Application to Obtain an Order (Form 1)
  • Application Respecting Existing Orders or Agreements (Form 2)
  • Order to Recognize an Extraprovincial Order for Guardianship, Parenting Arrangements or Contact (Form 22)
  • a request for court enforcement under the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act
  • a subpoena
  • a summons

All other Provincial Court documents can be served by delivery.

There are different rules for personal service on the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (and in some other special situations, such as when the other party is a business). See Rule 9(1) of the Provincial Court (Family) Rules.

Choose your guide

Once you've figured out how to serve the document, choose the correct guide below.

Serve documents by personal service


My document must be delivered to the other person by a process server or someone I know. The other person lives in BC.

Personal service

Serve documents by delivery


My document can be dropped off, or sent to the other person by mail, email, or fax.

Delivery