E-Brief: March 2014

Law Society sets date for consideration of proposed TWU law school

At their February 28 meeting, the Benchers received notice of a motion to be considered at their April 11 meeting regarding the proposed faculty of law at Trinity Western University. President Jan Lindsay, QC made clear that in putting the motion forward, there is no intention to express an opinion as to its merits. The sole intention is to provide the Benchers with the opportunity to consider thoroughly, carefully and in a manner that is fair, the exercise of their discretion under Rule 2-27(4.1) in the public interest. To respect the numerous calls for an open and transparent process, the meeting will be webcast to enable those who wish to see and hear the proceedings to do so. The notice of motion is available here.

Public submissions deadline closes

March 3 marked the final day the Law Society accepted submissions from the public and lawyers regarding Trinity Western University's law school. The submissions will be considered by the Benchers in their deliberations about whether the proposed faculty of law is an approved faculty of law for the purpose of meeting the academic qualification requirement of the Law Society's admission process. Close to 300 submissions were received.

CBA Code of Professional Conduct being phased out

The Canadian Bar Association has formally decided to phase out the CBA's Code of Professional Conduct, in recognition of the fact that the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's Model Code of Professional Conduct is being adopted by Canada's law societies. The development will clarify the profession's and the public's understanding of the rules of professional responsibility and further distinguish the roles of the Federation and the CBA.

Welcoming ceremony for BC judges to be held this month

The welcoming ceremony for the Honourable Madam Justice Jennifer M.I. Duncan and the Honourable Madam Justice Neena Sharma will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Vancouver Law Courts in Courtroom 55 at 4:15 pm. The welcoming ceremony for the Honourable Mr. Justice George Macintosh and the Honourable Mr. Justice Nigel P. Kent will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Courtroom 55 at the Vancouver Law Courts at 9:15 am.

Lawyers invited to ethics lecture

The UBC Faculty of Law is inviting lawyers to a lecture on professional ethics by Professor Alice Woolley from the University of Calgary. The lecture takes place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver on Thursday, March 6 and runs from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The lecture is eligible for one hour of continuing professional development credit in ethics. There is no cost for this event but seating is limited, so those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to eventassistant@law.ubc.ca.

Land Title and Survey Authority's search and filing services to move from BC OnLine to myLTSA on May 1, 2014

As of May 1, 2014, the Land Title and Survey Authority's search and filing services will no longer be available through BC OnLine. Legal professionals are encouraged to register at myLTSA and start using myLTSA today. For more information, download the myLTSA Quick Start guide or read the myLTSA FAQs. After May 1, customers may continue to use their BC OnLine account to access other BC Online services.

Court of Appeal seeks input on e-filing

The Court of Appeal is seeking comment on a proposal to require mandatory e-filing of civil and criminal factums and criminal statements starting January 2016. E-filing of factums will not be required for self-represented litigants. The changes to the filing procedure and the requirements are outlined in the consultation paper on the court's website. Comments may be submitted to FactumConsultation@courts.gov.bc.ca by April 30, 2014. Any comments received may be used anonymously in a public report.

From the Supreme Court

The Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA) comes into effect March 31, 2014. As of that date, all filings respecting the administration of an estate will be under the new probate rules and the registry will reject the former probate forms. Legal professionals should note that WESA also changes the law in relation to undue influence.

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