News Releases

For immediate release January 10, 2014

Lawyers wanting to be family law mediators, arbitrators and parenting coordinators must now be accredited by the Law Society

Vancouver – The government of BC is urging the use of alternative dispute resolution professionals to diffuse the adversarial nature of family law matters and have more of them resolved outside of court.

Under the new Family Law Act, the Law Society has been given the authority to oversee the accreditation of lawyers who wish to act as family law mediators, family law arbitrators and parenting coordinators.

As of January 1, 2014, lawyers must complete the applicable hours of training in a course of study and register their training with the Law Society. Specifically, all dispute resolution professionals are required to have, as a minimum, the following:

  • 14 hours of approved training in family violence, which must include skills for identifying, evaluating and managing family violence and issues of power dynamics in particular relation to the dispute resolution process
  • Depending on their specific role, up to 10 years of related experience and 40 or more hours of mediation, arbitration and/or parenting coordinating training
  • Sufficient training in family law

For more information, see the Law Society website.

The Law Society of British Columbia regulates the more than 11,000 practising 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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For further information or to arrange an interview contact:

Robyn Crisanti
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
604.697.5845
rcrisanti@lsbc.org