E-Brief: April 2014

Benchers approve Trinity Western University's faculty of law

At their April 11 meeting, the Benchers defeated a motion declaring that Trinity Western University's proposed law school was not an approved faculty of law. Graduates of that law school will be eligible in the future to enrol in the Law Society's admission program. The Benchers spent some time considering the issue in great detail as they reviewed reports, submissions and legal opinions. The vote was taken following a full airing of the key issues and considerations. Lawyers interested in this decision who have not already done so are encouraged to read the supporting documents considered by the Benchers and review the webcast that has been archived.

Legal Services Regulatory Framework Task Force created

Also at the Bencher meeting the Legal Services Regulatory Framework Task Force was created to develop a regulatory framework by which other existing providers of legal services, or new stand-alone groups who are neither lawyers nor notaries, could provide credentialed and regulated legal services. The Task Force has been formed in response to the recommendation made in the Final Report of the Legal Service Providers Task Force, which was approved in December. The new Task Force will be chaired by past President Art Vertlieb, QC.

Giving independent legal advice? Stop. Read this first.

With its latest risk management resource, the Lawyers Insurance Fund delivers on a promise made to help lawyers who give ILA avoid claims. If you give ILA, learn about the risks and how the updated Law Society's ILA checklist, annotated with LIF's risk management tips, can help to protect you.

Law Society Award: Call for nominations

Lawyers are encouraged to nominate a candidate to receive the Law Society Award in 2014. The award is intended to honour the lifetime contribution of the truly exceptional in the profession. Nominations must be received by Monday, June 30, 2014. For more information, including how to submit a nomination, see the flyer.

Land Title and Survey Authority changes mortgage discharge e-filing requirements

The Land Title and Survey Authority has announced that, after June 30, 2014, mortgage discharges created by or on behalf of lenders must be prepared and submitted on an electronic Form C - Release. The current practice of scanning a hard copy Form C and attaching it to an electronic Form 17 - Release will not be permitted after June 30, 2014. When requesting a discharge, to assist in complying with section 168.3(1) of the Land Title Act, one option is for lawyers toask the lender to wet ink sign the same hard copy PDF Form C - Release that the lawyer sent to the lender.

Activate a myLTSA Enterprise account by April 21 to search and file with the LTSA on May 1

The Land Title and Survey Authority strongly urges legal professionals to register and start using myLTSA Enterprise today. To get started, download the myLTSA Enterprise Quick Start guide and register at https://myltsa.ltsa.ca/enterprise. Customers registering and activating myLTSA Enterprise accounts after April 21, 2014 may be unable to electronically search or file on May 1, 2014. On May 1, 2014, the LTSA's electronic services will no longer be accessible on BC OnLine.

Annual National Criminal Law Program, July 7-11

The 41st National Criminal Law Program takes place in Halifax from July 7 to 11. The National Criminal Law Program is Canada's largest criminal law conference featuring a nationally recognized faculty made up of the country's finest judges, defence counsel and Crown prosecutors. The event involves five days of plenary, break-out and small group workshop sessions. For more information, visit the conference website.

From the courts

The Supreme Court of BC has issued an Administrative Notice - 11 - Bankruptcy Practice Before the Registrar, which will take effect Monday, June 2, 2014.

The Court of Appeal has amended Rule 2.1 (limited appeal orders) and Rule 20 (transcripts of evidence). For more information, see the court's website.


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