News Releases

For immediate release March 2, 1999


Law Society mourns passing of Jack Webster

VANCOUVER - Today, the Law Society of British Columbia mourned the loss of Jack Webster and paid tribute to his valuable and lasting contribution to the governance of the BC legal profession. Mr. Webster was the first of two initial Lay Benchers (non-lawyer representatives) on the Board of Directors of the Law Society, known as the Benchers. Mr. Webster served in this voluntary capacity for nearly eight years, from June 15, 1988 until December 31, 1995.

Law Society Executive Director Jim Matkin expressed sadness at the passing of Mr. Webster on behalf of the lawyers of British Columbia.

"The Law Society is deeply saddened by the loss of Jack Webster. He was a fine man, a remarkable journalist and a straightforward, engaging colleague. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family; many of us considered him a friend and inspiration. He will be sorely missed by all of us at the Law Society."

Mr. Matkin also paid tribute to Mr. Webster’s contribution to the BC legal profession.

"Jack Webster was one of the most influential board members in the recent history of the Law Society," said Mr. Matkin. "His commitment to the public, and to the public’s right to know how the Law Society regulates its members, remain two of his lasting legacies. Because of Jack Webster’s passion for openness, transparency and justice, the Law Society opened its doors to the public more than ever before. He truly set the standard for all Lay Benchers to follow."

With over 9,000 members, the Law Society of British Columbia is the governing body for the BC legal profession. Its senior elected official is the President and its chief executive officer is the Executive Director. The Benchers are members of the Board of Directors. Up to six Lay Benchers can join the Bencher Board; so far, two Lay Benchers have been appointed by the Attorney General of BC for 1999. The Law Society’s principal responsibility is to uphold and protect the public interest in the administration of justice and set standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of practising lawyers in the province.


Note to Editors:

The Law Society of British Columbia makes available the following documents related to discipline hearings:

  • citation
  • hearing reports (including agreed statement of facts, decision as to verdict and penalty)
  • hearing exhibits
  • Discipline Digest and Discipline Case Digest summaries

Note also that hearings are generally open to the public; please check beforehand. Media may request a list of upcoming hearings or hearings that await decisions as to verdict and penalty.

For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Cordeau, Public Affairs Manager
604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in B.C.