Coming in January at www.lawsociety.bc.ca
Visit the updated Law Society website
Watch in January for relaunch of the Law Society website (at www.lawsociety.bc.ca), featuring a fresh design, improved navigation and more extensive content.
You will want to visit regularly to see what’s new and to update all your favourite bookmarks. As of mid-January, check out these sections:
- About the Law Society gives an overview of the Society and information on the Benchers, governance policies and minutes of Benchers meetings, as well as details on departments, committees, task forces and volunteers.
- Professional Regulation is a new section detailing Law Society regulatory programs — conduct and discipline, ethics, practice standards, trust assurance and reporting, insurance and trust protection coverage — as well as hearing dates and hearing panel decisions.
- Licensing & Membership is another new section, offering information on becoming a lawyer and full details on requirements and procedures respecting admissions, transfers, PLTC, temporary practice in BC, requalification & reinstatement and member status changes.
- A new Member Login section is available to BC lawyers and articled students to access web forms on the site. (And coming soon to this section is a member/student mailbox feature through which electronic versions of Law Society publications will be distributed: see below.)
- Publications & Forms contains resource material published by the Law Society, including the Benchers’ Bulletin, notices, reports and forms.
- Practice Support includes helpful articles, papers & precedents.
- Lawyer Lookup is a popular tool to verify the status and contact information for a BC lawyer.
- Public is a section especially directed at clients and potential clients on finding a lawyer, working with a lawyer, lawyers’ fees, lawyer conduct and complaints and unclaimed trust funds.
The Law Society website has been a key resource for the profession and the public since 1998 and will continue to expand in the coming year. If there are resources or features you would like to see, let us know. The Communications Department welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronic or print publications – it’s your choice
As stated in the May-June, 2004 Benchers’ Bulletin, the Law Society will introduce the distribution of electronic versions of the Benchers' Bulletin and other newsletters, as well as amendments to the Legal Profession Act, Law Society Rules and Professional ConductHandbook, beginning in 2005.
You can soon expect to receive more information on the electronic distribution of Law Society publications and an opportunity to state a preference for the electronic version.
Electronic versions of the Law Society publications are already published on the Law Society website at www.lawsociety.bc.ca. In 2005, however, these will be delivered in an e-bulletin format to an individual lawyer’s “mailbox” on the Law Society website. For convenience, the contents of a mailbox can be forwarded to the lawyer’s own email address in his or her law firm or other workplace. The lawyer will be able read the news highlights in these e-bulletins and click to the full articles on the Law Society website.
Watch for more details on electronic publications and how you can state a preference for this format.