Benchers confirm that all transfer applicants must write exams

Lawyers from other provinces who wish to come to BC, not on a temporary basis but on transfer, will not be relieved of the requirement to write the qualification exam even if they intend to assume non-practising membership.

The Credentials Committee, after considering an Ontario lawyer's request to transfer to BC as a non-practising member without writing the exam, flagged concern over whether it would adequately protect the public to admit to membership lawyers who have never practised or qualified to practise law in BC. The Committee recommended, and the Benchers agreed, that the Rules not be changed.