Law Society Rules 2015 – Highlights of amendments 


June 2016
Some functions have been re-assigned from the Executive Director to the President, and the process for pre-hearing applications and motions is streamlined (Rules 2-91, 2-94(1) to (3), 2-95(1) and (2), 2-98(1) and (2), 2-101(5), 2-102(3), 4-21(1), 4-22(1), (3) and (4), 4-32(1) and (2), 4-35(1), (2) and (5), 4-36(1) to (3), 4-37(1) and (2), 4-38(2) and (3), 4-40(1), (2), (4) and (6), 4-43(3), 4-44(4), 5-12(1) and (3), 5-19(1), (2), (5) and (6), 5-24.1(1), (4) and (5), 5-24.2, 5-25(2) and (4), 5-26(1) and (2), 5-27(4), 5-28(1) and (2) and 10-1(4.1));
Funds that are fiduciary property may be held in a trust account, provided that the trust accounting rules are followed (Rules 3-55(6), 3-60(4) and 3-61(3)). 

May 2016
The party initiating a review of a hearing decision is responsible for producing the record on which the review is based, and the procedure for doing so is set out in a new rule (Rules 5-15(3), 5-24.1 and 5-25(9)).

April 2016
The rules governing the adjournment of credentials and review hearings are amended to allow a panel or the president to adjourn a hearing generally (Rules 2-96(6), 2-98(5)), 5-25(9) and 5-26(5)); a lawyer may be required to repay the Law Society for certain amounts paid under the insurance program on the lawyer's behalf (Rule 3-44(1)).  

March 2016
Procedural changes are made to the rules covering hearings and reviews, including that the chair of a hearing panel or a review board may be a lawyer who is not currently a Bencher (Rules 5-2(2), (3), (5) and (5.1), 5-3(2), 5-4(1), 5-16(4) and 5-18(2)). 

December 2015
electronic voting is permitted in Bencher elections and referenda (Rules 1-5(6), 1-6(4) and (6), 1-25(1), (1.1), (1.2) and (2), 1-27(1) to (4), 1-27.1, 1-29, 1-31(1) and (4), 1-32, 1-36(1), 1-37, 1-40(2) and 1-43); notices of general meetings may be distributed electronically and appointed Benchers may attend and speak as of right at general meetings (Rules 1-8(5) and (7), 1-9(2), 1-11(5) and (6) and 1-13(1) and (2)). 

October 2015
In May, the Benchers amended Rule 1-10(2) to recognize the new Chartered Professional Accountant designation; the amendment was approved by the members at the October 14 AGM; fees are updated for 2016 (Schedules 1, 2 and 3).

September 2015
Minor corrections are made to the new Law Society Rules 2015 (Rules 2-115(1), 3-66(3) and 5-12(4)).

May 2015
Amendments are made consequential to proclamation of Part 5 of the Chartered Professional Accountants Act, SBC 2015, c. 1 on June 24, 2015 (definition of "qualified CPA" and Rules 3-81(5), 3-82(1) and 3-104(4)).