News Release
June 11, 2009

VANCOUVER —  Gordon Turriff, QC, president of the Law Society of BC, praised the work of BC Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Brenner, who announced today he is stepping down from his position.

Chief Justice Brenner said that after nine years as Chief Justice that “now is an appropriate time for me to step down.” He said he is leaving the court Sept. 7.

Turriff praised Brenner as “approachable and as accessible as we could ever hope for” adding   “he was always ready to listen.”

“He has taken the lead in rules reform (a review process undertaken by the provincial government and the legal profession to increase access to justice) and while he and I had different views about the reform process, he stuck with his vision and the people of BC are going to benefit from that.

“While it is sad to see him leave it will be very interesting to see what new project he tackles and we wish him well.”

The Law Society of BC was incorporated in 1884 and is the governing body of the legal profession in BC. Under the provisions of the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society is responsible for the licensing, professional conduct and discipline of the more than 11,000 lawyers in BC.


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