In Brief

New Homes online registry

A free online New Homes Registry has been launched by the Homeowner Protection Office. Real estate and construction lawyers can use this new tool to help clients make more informed decisions when buying a new home or new home under construction.

The registry provides information such as the name and contact number of the warranty provider, the builder’s warranty number and whether an owner-built home can be legally offered for sale. Homes suspected of being illegally built, along with the status of related compliance investigations, will also be included in the registry.

All homes registered with the Office on or after November 19, 2007 are searchable in the New Homes Registry in the Homebuyers section at hpo.bc.ca.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. call for mentors

Immigrant assistance group S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is inviting lawyers to volunteer as host mentors. This program matches new lawyers with residents from Metro Vancouver who need mentors to acquaint them with the job market and workplace culture. The lawyers will also offer guidance in accessing employment and educational opportunities.

Volunteers are required to commit to two to three hours once a week for three months.

Contact S.U.C.C.E.S.S. at 604-936-5900 for more details.

Judicial appointments

Five lawyers have been appointed as judges of the Supreme Court of BC.

Elaine J. Adair, formerly a partner with Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver, replaces Mr. Justice H.M. Groberman (Vancouver) who was appointed to the Court of Appeal.

Robert J. Sewell, formerly a partner with McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Vancouver, replaces Madam Justice M. Marvyn Koenigsberg (Vancouver) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

John S. Harvey, formerly a partner with Scarborough Herman & Harvey in New Westminster, replaces Madam Justice Daphne M. Smith (Vancouver/Westminster) who was appointed to the Court of Appeal.

Peter G. Voith, QC, formerly a partner with Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver, replaces Madam Justice Mary-Ellen Boyd (Vancouver) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Frits Erik Verhoeven, QC, formerly a partner with Edwards, Kenny and Bray, LLP in Vancouver, replaces Mr. Justice W. Glen Parrett (Vancouver/Westminster) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.