|For immediate release||October 22, 2012|
Law Society encouraged by BC government white paper and ongoing commitment to justice reform
Vancouver – In response to today’s release of the BC government’s white paper, A Modern, Transparent Justice System, the Law Society is pleased to see continued dedication to progressive reforms intended to address the problems that are facing the justice system.
The government announced the creation of the Justice and Public Safety Council which will be tasked with coordinating the transformation of BC’s justice system. The Law Society supports the government’s aim to modernize our justice system by consulting with stakeholders, setting clear strategic direction, ensuring reform is coordinated and evaluating effectiveness through performance measurement.
“Change is needed to improve the responsiveness of the justice system,” said Bruce LeRose, QC, president of the Law Society. “Clear goals, effective measurement and consultation are a good place to start.”
In recent months, the Law Society has increased the range of services articling law students and paralegals are permitted to provide, offering more options to the public for affordable legal services. “We are working to do our part,” explained LeRose, “but it’s going to take a broad-based approach to address the problems the public faces in accessing justice.”
The Law Society of British Columbia regulates the more than 10,000 lawyers in the province, setting and enforcing standards of professional conduct that ensure the public is well-served by a competent, honourable legal profession.
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