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Mar 4, 2015

Law Society takes action against individuals, business for unauthorized practice of law

Feb 27, 2015

Law Society suspends lawyer for charging excessive fees and disbursements, creating fictitious trust accounting documentation

Feb 20, 2015

Lawyer suspended, fined for disclosing confidential client information

Feb 11, 2015

100 Mile House lawyer’s suspension substituted for fine

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I recently had the privilege of hearing the Right Honourable Beverly McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, speak at the Fourth Annual Iona Campagnolo Lecture in Restorative Justice, which was held in Courtenay. It was the first time the Chief Justice was in the Comox Valley for a public lecture, of which about 150 people attended. I was captivated by the Chief Justice’s words. She asked us to consider restorative justice in three different ways.   more

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Mar 24, 2015

Law Society submits brief on Bill C-51 to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security – The Law Society supports measures to protect and preserve public safety, and recognizes the challenges that government faces from threats of terrorism worldwide. However, it is concerned that several aspects of Bill C-51 do not appropriately balance efforts to protect public safety with rights and freedoms guaranteed to all Canadians by the Charter. more

Mar 19, 2015

Supreme Court decisions regarding TWU’s proposed law school – On March 18, the Supreme Court of BC released decisions in two interlocutory proceedings regarding the proposed law school at Trinity Western University. Loke v. British Columbia (Minister of Advanced Education) was dismissed as moot, as the Minister’s decision challenged by the petitioner has been changed. As a result, the Law Society’s applications, to be added as a party or intervenor in the Loke proceeding and to have TWU v. The Law Society of BC heard at the same time as Loke, were dismissed. more

Mar 16, 2015

Revision and consolidation of Law Society Rules – At their next meeting on April 10, it is expected that the Benchers will adopt revised and consolidated Law Society Rules, to come into effect July 1, 2015. more

Mar 10, 2015

Essay contest invites high school students to consider the relevance of the Magna Carta – Consistent with our strategic goal of raising public awareness of the importance of the rule of law and the proper administration of justice, the Law Society is hosting an essay writing contest in honour of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The essay topic is “Magna Carta and its relevance to Canada in the 21st Century.” more

Feb 13, 2015

SCC decision – Today, the Supreme Court of Canada announced its decision in Attorney General of Canada v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada on the applicability of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and its regulations to members of the legal profession. Its decision upheld the 2013 decision by the British Columbia Court of Appeal, which ruled that the regulation of the legal profession by Canada’s law societies provided an effective and constitutional anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regime. This decision protects the public against government interference in the confidential relationship between a lawyer and a client. more

Jan 30, 2015

Ethics Committee consults lawyers regarding changes to “institutional lender” in BC Code – At their December 5, 2014 meeting, the Benchers passed changes to Appendix C of the BC Code to restrict the kinds of institutional lenders that lawyers can represent jointly with mortgagors to banks, trust companies or credit unions. Since that time, a number of lawyers have raised concerns about the effect of these changes and on January 30, 2015 the Benchers rescinded the changes to allow the Ethics Committee to have further consultation with the profession. more

Jan 16, 2015

Law Society files response to TWU petition – On January 16, the Law Society filed its response to Trinity Western University’s petition seeking a judicial review of the Society’s decision not to approve its proposed law school. more

Dec 18, 2014

Trinity Western University files petition for judicial review – On December 18, 2014 Trinity Western University commenced proceedings seeking a judicial review of the Law Society's decision not to approve its proposed law school. The Law Society will be defending its decision and will respond to the petition within the time provided under the rules of court. more

Nov 7, 2014

Rule changes: cloud computing – The Benchers have adopted rule changes that address electronic data storage and processing, production of records and third-party storage providers and security. more

Nov 7, 2014

Webcasting and online voting for general meetings – The Benchers have accepted the Governance Committee's recommendation that the Law Society Rules be updated to allow for greater and easier participation by members in general meetings. more

Oct 31, 2014

Bencher meeting decision – Law school not approved for Law Society’s admission program – In a meeting on October 31, the Benchers have decided not to approve a proposed law school at Trinity Western University for the purpose of the Law Society’s admission program. This decision comes after careful consideration of the outcome of a referendum of BC lawyers conducted in October, together with the many other factors related to this issue. more

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