From the BC superior courts

August 31, 2005

Special joint sitting to honour Mr. Justice Esson

BC lawyers are cordially invited to attend a special joint sitting of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of British Columbia to honour Mr. Justice William A. Esson on the occasion of his retirement on October 27, 2005 at 9:15 am in the Great Hall of the Law Courts, 800 Smithe Street in Vancouver.

Expedited Litigation Project Rule takes effect September 1

Lawyers are reminded that Rule 68, the Expedited Litigation Project Rule, comes into force on September 1, 2005.

The rule brings into effect an expedited litigation pilot project in the Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George and Nelson registries of the BC Supreme Court. The project is intended to streamline procedures for cases under $100,000 and to save time and expense.

Chief Justice Donald Brenner has issued a practice direction on the pilot project. The text of Rule 68 and the practice direction are available on the Courts of British Columbia website at

Posting: Law Officer of the Supreme Court of BC (Vancouver)
Anticipated start date: October 1, 2005

The Supreme Court of BC has an opening in Vancouver for a Law Officer.

The Law Officer acts as legal advisor to and representative of the Chief Justice and the Associate Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court, acts as in-house counsel for Supreme Court justices and supervises the law clerk program for the Supreme Court.


  • a degree in law from a recognized university;
  • at least five years in active general practice as a barrister and solicitor;
  • membership in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia or immediate eligibility for membership; and
  • knowledge of the Supreme Court Rules and practice.

For more details of the job description and qualifications, see the postings section of the BC government website at .

Please forward your resume no later than September 16, 2005 to:

Ms. Margaret Neuhaus
Judicial Administration
The Supreme Court of British Columbia
800 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2E1.

Telephone: 604 660-3498
Fax: 604 660-1723

From the BC Land Title and Survey Authority

Post-filing searches on EFS filings

The BC Land Title and Survey Authority advises lawyers, notaries and other Land Title Office customers to allow at least one hour to pass after the time the Land Title Office has received and marked up a document with pending numbers through the Electronic Filing System (EFS) before the lawyer or notary conducts a post-filing search of the title or advances funds based on that search.

For any given title, there may be other paper documents that were manually filed but not yet marked up. The Authority notes that this issue of timing of post-filing searches existed, even prior to the implementation of the EFS, in any Land Title Office that had more than one cashier, such as the Victoria Land Title Office or the New Westminster Land Title Office.

The Land Title Office is open for manual filings of paper documents from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday. The Electronic Filing System (EFS) is available longer hours: Monday through Saturday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. If a lawyer files by EFS before 8:30 am or after 5:00 pm weekdays (or at any time on Saturday), the Director of Land Titles advises that no waiting period is necessary to conduct a post-filing search. This is because no paper filings are received during these hours and the Land Title Office plans to have all paper documents filed on a weekday marked up by 5:00 pm that day.