The Access to Justice Advisory Committee seeks input 

The Law Society is seeking feedback from members of the legal profession on the effectiveness of measures implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for improving access to legal services and access to the justice system, as well as your ideas for new measures to reduce regulatory barriers that impede clients’ access that the Law Society should explore.

The COVID response measures adopted by the Law Society were intended to make it easier for lawyers to continue to provide legal services despite the challenges of the pandemic. Some examples of what we implemented include:

  • a targeted, temporary fee relief program for lawyers who suffered significant financial hardship last year;
  • enhanced use of electronic banking;
  • remote trust audits;
  • permitting online verification of client identification; and
  • guidance regarding setting up remote workplaces, secure videoconferencing technologies, use of electronic signatures and more.

The Law Society also collaborated with the judiciary, government and government agencies to implement pandemic response measures, such as a process for virtual commissioning of affidavits, temporary suspension of limitations and remote witnessing of certain legal documents.

We want to hear from you. Which of these measures worked? For those that have not, do you have suggestions on what could be done to make them more effective? Are there other regulatory requirements or measures of the courts, government and government agencies that are barriers to access to justice that the Law Society should be addressing?

The Law Society’s Access to Justice Advisory Committee invites you to forward your written feedback to consultation@lsbc.org by July 30, 2021.

Virtual town hall sessions

We are hosting a series of virtual town hall sessions where members of the Access to Justice Advisory Committee will engage with you and learn more about your ideas for reducing barriers to access and improving the availability of legal services to the public.

We understand that the barriers may vary depending on your region and we have created separate sessions for different areas in BC. If you are unable to attend the session for your region, please feel free to attend any session at your convenience.

Vancouver Island Area:
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12:45 - 2:15 PM
Co-Hosts: Paul Barnett and The Hon. Thomas Cromwell
Staff: Valence Li, Doug Munro and Jason Kuzminski
RSVP by emailing VancouverIslandConsultation@lsbc.org and provide your full name and email address for receiving the Zoom link and instructions 

Southern Mainland (except Lower Mainland) Area:
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at12:45 - 2:15 PM
Co-Hosts: Jamie Maclaren, QC and Jason Kuzminski
Staff: Anna Lin, Doug Munro
RSVP by emailing SouthMainlandConsultation@lsbc.org and provide your full name and email address for receiving the Zoom link and instructions 

Northern Mainland Area:
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 5:30 - 7 PM
Co-Hosts: Lisa Dumbrell and Kevin Westell
Staff: Cary Ann Moore, Doug Munro and Jason Kuzminski
RSVP by emailing NorthMainlandConsultation@lsbc.org and provide your full name and email address for receiving the Zoom link and instructions 

Lower Mainland Area:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 5:30 - 7 PM
Co-Hosts: Lisa Hamilton QC and Jennifer Chow, QC
Staff: Amanda Kerr, Doug Munro, Jason Kuzminski
RSVP by emailing LowerMainlandConsultation@lsbc.org and provide your full name and email address for receiving the Zoom link and instructions