The Law Society's initiatives relate to our mandate to protect the public interest in the administration of justice. Track our progress here.

 

Initiative

Current status

Reports and related material

Rule / other changes

Consultation on retainers held by lawyers who are mediators, arbitrators or parenting co-ordinators (Rule 3-58.1) Consultation closes August 31, 2020. Consultation paper  

Consultation on the factors and forces that are likely to influence the delivery of legal services and regulation of the legal profession

Consultation closed March 31, 2020. The Futures Task Force is reviewing submissions.

Futures Task Force consultation paper

 

Proposed amendment to fiduciary property rule (Rule 3-55) for compliance with anti-money laundering

Strategic Plan goal 3-2

Discussed at July 15, 2019 Bencher meeting. Revisions being considered for Bencher decision in 2020.

Federation Backgrounder on Model Trust Accounting Rules

 

Changes to the “duty to report”

(Mental Health)

Strategic Plan goal 5-1

Rule change approved by Benchers December 2019

Second interim report 2020
2019 Year End Report
2019 Mid-Year Report
First Interim Report

BC Code rule 7.1-3

Revision of Admission Program Application Form to remove medical fitness questions

(Mental Health)

Strategic Plan goal 5-1

Approved by Benchers and In force as of January 31, 2020

Second Interim Report 2020
2019 Year End Report
2019 Mid-Year Report
First Interim Report

 

Admission Program Application Form

Requirement for practising lawyers to complete Indigenous intercultural competency course

Strategic Plan goal 1-3(c)

Benchers approved the development of a mandatory Indigenous Cultural Competence Course at the December 2019 meeting. The course is currently under development.

Joint Recommendation Report of the Truth and Reconciliation and the Lawyer Education Advisory Committees

Truth and Reconciliation Action Plan

 

Trust account rule changes requiring that trust accounts may only be used for funds directly related to legal services

(Anti-Money Laundering)

Strategic Plan goal 3-2

Rule changes approved by Benchers July 2019

Model Trust Accounting Rule

Federation’s Guidance to the Legal Profession

Law Society FAQs

Rule 1 definition of "trust funds" and Rules 3-53, 3-58.1, 3-59, 3-70 and 3-98

 

Cash transaction rule change prohibiting lawyers accepting “more than $7,500” in cash

(Anti-Money Laundering)

Strategic Plan goal 3-2

Rule change approved by Benchers July 2019

Model Cash Transaction Rule

Federation’s Guidance to the Legal Profession

Law Society FAQs

Rule 3-59

Client ID and verification rule changes 

(Anti-Money Laundering)

Strategic Plan goal 3-2

Rule changes approved by Benchers  July and December 2019, effective January 1, 2020

Model Rule on Client ID and Verification

Federation’s Guidance to the Legal Profession

Law Society FAQs

Part 3, Division 11
(Rules 3-98 to 3-110)

Licensed Paralegal consultation to explore potential for licensed paralegals to address areas of unmet need in the legal services market.

Strategic Plan goal 1-1(b)

Consultation closed

 

2018 AGM resolution

Report of the Legal Services Regulatory Framework Task Force, Dec. 2014 

Legal Service Provider Task Force Final Report, Dec. 2013

 

Law Firm Regulation: Firm Self-Assessment

Strategic Plan goal 4-2

Approved for profession-wide implementation in 2021

Final Report of the Law Firm Regulation Task Force

Professional Elements Report

Second interim: December 2017