Family decisions come back online

Beginning January 1, 2006 family law decisions of the BC Supreme Court will once again be published on the BC Courts website at www.courts.gov.bc.ca.

Chief Justice Donald Brenner issued a notice to the profession on November 28.

The court had ceased internet publication of family decisions in September 2002, in an effort to protect the privacy of the parties in family law matters, unless the master or judge rendering the decision felt that it had value as a precedent.

The court has decided to resume posting the judgments, effective January 1, as a result of concerns that lawyers and members of the public were having trouble accessing the law.