In Brief

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The Land Title and Survey Authority is partnering with the Law Society, Juricert and BC OnLine to encourage more professionals to use its Electronic Filing System (EFS) when releasing charges filed against land titles.

Effective June 1, 2009, electronic signatures for all types of releases will be provided at no cost for a period of up to 18 months, during which the current $2.50 Juricert fee will be waived.

For more information or to set up EFS training, contact BC OnLine at 1-800-663-6102 or at bcolhelp@accessbc.com.

Note that EFS training is now eligible for Continuing Professional Development credits.

Judicial appointments

The Provincial Court of British Columbia:

David St. Pierre, a partner at Cobb St. Pierre Lewis, was appointed to the Bench in Port Coquitlam.

Adrian Brooks, QC, an associate with Brooks and Marshall, was appointed to the Bench in Victoria.

Susan Wishart, a partner in McKimm & Wishart, was appointed to the Bench in Victoria.

Lisa Mrozinski, a lawyer with the Ministry of Attorney General, was appointed to the Bench in Nelson.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia:

The Honourable Hope Hyslop, a Master of the Supreme Court of BC, replaces Mr. Justice R.M.L. Blair in Kamloops.

Bruce Greyell, a partner with RoperGreyell, replaces Madam Justice N.J. Garson in Vancouver.

Terence Schultes, a Regional Crown Counsel, replaces Madam Justice E. A. Bennett in Vancouver.

Robert Punnett, QC, a Bencher of the Law Society and a partner with Punnett & Johnston of Prince Rupert, replaces Mr. Justice D.A. Halfyard in Prince Rupert. For more on Justice Punnett’s appointment, see page 5.

Peter M. Willcock, a partner with Harper Grey LLP, replaces Mr. Justice L. Paul Williamson in Vancouver.

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia:

The Honourable Elizabeth Bennett, a Judge of the Supreme Court of BC, replaces Mr. Justice R.T.A. Low in Vancouver.

The Honourable Nicole Garson, a Judge of the Supreme Court of BC, replaces Mr. Justice J.K. Smith in Vancouver.