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For immediate release February 16, 2004

Law Society applauds government for considering Land Title Authority

VANCOUVER - The Law Society of BC applauds the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management for considering the concept of an independent, provincial authority to administer the province's land title system.

The Law Society believes such an approach will preserve the integrity of BC's land title system and improve service delivery to users around the province as demand for land title services grows.

The Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, which is responsible for the operation of the land title system, has struck a committee to look at the implications and benefits of a land title authority. Law Society President William Everett, QC has appointed Second Vice-President Ralston Alexander, QC to that committee. Any decision as to whether an independent provincial authority is the best way to deliver land title services rests entirely with the government. The Law Society congratulates the government for agreeing to explore alternative methods for delivering land title services in BC.

The Law Society of B.C. was founded in 1869 and is the governing body of the legal profession in B.C. Under the provisions of the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society is responsible for the licensing, professional conduct and discipline of the more than 10,000 lawyers in B.C.

Law Society of BC media contact:

Brad Daisley, Public Affairs Manager
Office: 604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in BC
Cellular: 604-836-3257