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For immediate release December 17, 2003

New agreement will assist electronic land title filing

VANCOUVER - The Law Society of BC has signed an agreement with the provincial government to provide certification services that will permit lawyers to file real estate transactions on-line.

"This is a significant, concrete step towards the implementation of the Electronic Filing System for BC's land title system," said Stan Hagen, Minister of Sustainable Resource Management. "It will benefit British Columbians by providing the professionals they hire equal access to the land title system no matter where they do business."

Under the agreement, the Law Society, using its innovative JuricertT secure registration and authentication system, will provide on-line verification of lawyers' electronic signatures and professional status. This verification is an integral part of the Electronic Filing System, which will be in place by April 1, 2004, and will permit lawyers to file many types of land title documents on-line from anywhere in the province.

Lawyers registered with Juricert will have the necessary software to securely sign electronic land title documents. The documents can then be sent to the Land Title Office's on-line system that will automatically verify that the document has not been altered and that the lawyer's professional status is correct.

"The Law Society has been working with the provincial government for five years to develop a cost-effective, efficient Electronic Filing System for the Land Title Office," Law Society of BC Executive Director Jim Matkin, QC said. "Implementation requires an independent and reliable system for on-line certification of a lawyer's digital signature and professional status. Juricert will provide that certification without making fundamental changes to conveyancing practice."

"The electronic filing system will make land title transfer faster and more effective, and will provide equal access from all parts of the province," Hagen said. "I thank the Law Society for this essential support."

The Law Society of BC was founded in 1869 and is the governing body of the legal profession in BC. 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 BC.

Law Society of BC media contact:

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