|For immediate release||February 8, 2000|
Williams lauded by Law Society of BC
VANCOUVER – In response to Chief Justice Bryan Williams’ retirement announcement yesterday, Law Society President Karl Warner, QC, paid tribute to the Chief Justice’s tireless efforts to make the BC justice system more accessible.
"Chief Justice Williams has been a strong, vigorous advocate for justice reform at all levels," said Warner. "From encouraging alternate dispute resolution methods to using technology to streamline the litigation process, Chief Justice Williams has brought pragmatism to BC Court administration. The Law Society has supported the Court’s initiatives throughout and we share their conviction that British Columbians must have cheaper, better and faster access to the courts. It takes courage to initiate change. Chief Justice Williams retires knowing that he has the admiration and respect of the Law Society, and with a distinguished career of service as a lawyer, jurist and Chief Justice."
Warner also pointed out that mediation and arbitration methods are already used in the justice system. "BC lawyers recognize the need for ADR and Law Society statistics show that it is the fastest-growing area of practice within the profession."
With over 9,900 members, the Law Society of British Columbia is the governing body for the BC legal profession. Its chief executive officer is the Executive Director and its senior elected official is the President. The Law Society’s principal responsibility is to protect the public interest in the administration of justice and set standards for the education, professional conduct and competence of practising lawyers in the province.
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Elizabeth Cordeau, Public Affairs Manager
604-443-5724 (1-800-903-5300 toll-free in B.C.)