Resources by Area of Practice

Corporate / commercial

The Solicitors' Legal Opinions Committee materials are now published on the Continuing Legal Education Society's website: go to Solicitors' Legal Opinions.

Family law

Best Practice Guidelines for Lawyers Practising Family Law
The above guidelines were endorsed by the Benchers as aspirational standards for lawyers practising family law (July 11, 2011).
Family law alternate dispute resolution accreditation


Committee on Relations with the Judiciary

The mandate of the Committee on Relations with the Judiciary is to:

  • assist lawyers who need emergency assistance in the course of a trial or other proceeding in circumstances where such assistance is requested by the judiciary; and
  • provide advice and assistance to lawyers who wish to make complaints about judges, or who wish to argue that a judge’s conduct has manifested a bias against the lawyer’s client, and in suitable cases would raise the complaints directly with the judiciary.

The committee acts independently of the Law Society, responding directly to requests for assistance from the Bench and Bar in carrying out its mandate. Communication with the committee by judges and lawyers is voluntary and the committee does not communicate with or report to the Law Society on particular cases.

To access the services of the committee, contact one of its current members directly:

J. Kenneth McEwan, KC (civil): 604.891.2400
Ian Donaldson, KC (criminal): 604.681.5232
Dinyar Marzban, KC (family): 604.681.6564

The committee is composed of at least three practitioners, drawn from the civil, criminal and family litigation bars, and respected and trusted by the members of the judiciary and the profession. Appointments to the committee are made by the president of the Law Society, following consultation with senior members of the judiciary and the profession. Appointments are for an indefinite term and subject to annual review.

The committee was originally formed in the late 1990s, drawing its mandate and terms of reference from the 1997 Protocol between the Law Society and the BC Courts Respecting Concerns that Arise in Ongoing Proceedings (the 1997 Protocol).

If you have any questions about the committee, contact a committee member.