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For immediate release April 12, 2002

Statement by the Law Society of B.C. on the agreement between the Canadian Bar Association and the Attorney General

VANCOUVER – Law Society of B.C. President, Richard Gibbs, Q.C., made the following statement regarding the memorandum of agreement between the Canadian Bar Association and the Attorney General of B.C. announced earlier today:

The Law Society congratulates the Canadian Bar Association and the Attorney General on resolving their differences by reaching an agreement for a strategy of 'constructive engagement' for future discussion of recent cuts to legal aid funding and court closures.

Constructive engagement has always been the policy of the Law Society. That is why the Law Society of B.C. and the Attorney General established the Justice Review Task Force to look for innovations, efficiencies and cost savings in the justice system as ways to increase legal aid funding. The Law Society will continue its constructive engagement with the Attorney General on an on-going basis.

With over 10,000 members, the Law Society of British Columbia is the governing body for the B.C. legal profession. Its chief executive officer is the Executive Director and its senior elected official is the President. The Benchers are members of the Board of Directors. The Law Society's principal responsibility is to uphold and protect the public interest in the administration of justice and to set standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of practising lawyers in the province.

Law Society of B.C. media contact:

Brad Daisley, Public Affairs Manager
Office: 604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in B.C.
Cellular: 604-836-3257
Email: bdaisley@lsbc.org
www.lawsociety.bc.ca