Articling Registry to assist BC lawyers

August 21, 2008


Editor's update, January 2016:

The Articling Registry has now been integrated into the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch's job board. Although the job board is a CBA member benefit, the articling positions are also viewable by non-CBA members and potential students, and no fee is charged for posting articling positions. Visit the CBA job board.

The Law Society of BC and the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch have launched an innovative online Articling Registry for Canadian law students and BC lawyers. The Registry is the first of its kind to enable lawyers to advertise and students to look for articling positions by location, timeframe, and area of practice. Firms and students can post positions, resumes and available articles.

The Registry is designed to help Canadian law students connect with BC firms. The goal is that students who post their information on the Registry will increase their ability to obtain an articling position. In turn, all BC lawyers, regardless of location and size of firm, will be able to use it to connect with prospective articling students whose goals match up with those of the law firms.

We encourage you to use the Registry. It is free and for use by any Canadian law student and any lawyer or law firm in BC. CBA membership is not required to use it. You can access it from the home page of the Law Society's website or from the CBABC website.  

Hair microscopy case review

Terms of reference (PDF: 215KB)

The Ministry of Attorney General, Criminal Justice Branch, will be reviewing criminal convictions secured in the past 25 years where hair microscopy evidence was relied upon to secure a conviction. This review follows the recommendation of the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Aspects of the Trial and Conviction of James Driskell.

Under the supervision of Crown Counsel, the Criminal Justice Branch will review cases to consider whether there is a reasonable basis that a miscarriage of justice has taken place in any of these cases by virtue of hair micrscopy evidence, based on the following criteria:

  • all cases of culpable homicide, sexual assault, robbery and other indictable offences involving the use or attempted use of violence;
  • resulting in convictions within the last 25 years;
  • in which the Crown tendered and relied upon microscopy hair comparison evidence;
  • in which the accused pleaded not guilty at trial, asserting factual innocence, but was found guilty; and
  • in which the accused appealed the conviction to the Court of Appeal, still asserting factual innocence, and the appeal was dismissed.

The terms of reference for this review can be accessed here (PDF: 215KB). The Criminal Justice Branch will be conducting a preliminary search using Quicklaw and BC Court of Appeal judgment databases to identify cases for review. Municipal agencies and the RCMP have also been asked to search their files and identify cases that fit the criteria.

The Branch requests that all members search their files and their memories for any cases that might fall within the scope of this review. If you have any relevant case information, please forward it no later than November 15, 2008 to:

Oleh S. Kuzma, QC
Prince George Law Courts
2nd floor, 250 George Street
Prince George, BC V2L 5S2