Law Society seeks injunctive relief from Legal Professions Act in BC Supreme Court

On May 24, the Law Society of BC filed an injunction application to prevent the implementation of the Legal Professions Act until such time as its Notice of Civil Claim could be heard.

The Law Society had previously announced on May 16 its plans to challenge the constitutionality of the Act over the government’s failure to ensure the independence of the legal professions and their regulator — a fundamental democratic principle.

Justice Gropper presided over the three-day hearing during which the Law Society presented evidence of irreparable harm to the public interest should the Act be brought into force. Both the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and the Law Foundation of BC also presented arguments in support of the injunction.

The hearing concluded with Justice Gropper reserving judgement. We will provide an update as soon as the decision becomes available.

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