In Brief

Law Foundation banking agreement update

Law Foundation Chair Warren Wilson, QC, is commending HSBC Bank of Canada for its commitment to paying a competitive rate of return on lawyers' pooled trust accounts. As of July 1, the new agreement will pay a rate of prime less 2.25 per cent, less service charges. Increased revenues enable the Law Foundation to fund programs that make the justice system more accessible to British Columbians.

Consultation Period Extended for Family and Civil Rules Reform

The consultation period for both the Civil Rules Concept Draft and the Family Rules Concept Draft has been extended to December 31, 2008. A number of interested parties, recognizing both the need for reform and the importance of this project, have asked for more time to review the draft rules.

Judicial Appointments

D. Jane Dardi has been appointed to the Bench of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 1983. Dardi practised with Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers in Vancouver.

Dev Dley, QC, has been appointed to the Bench of the British Columbia Provincial Court in Kamloops. Dley was called to the Bar in 1979 and has been a sole practitioner since 2004.

Kathleen M. Ker has been appointed to the Bench of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Ker has served as Crown counsel with the Criminal Appeals office since 1997.

J. Christopher Grauer has been appointed to the Bench of the Provincial Court of British Columbia. Grauer was a founding partner of Dives, Grauer & Harper, a small firm that specializes in civil litigation and health law.

The Honourable Harvey Groberman, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, has been appointed a justice of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia. He is replacing Madam Justice M.A. Rowles (Vancouver) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

The Honourable Kathryn E. Neilson, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, has been appointed a justice of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia. She is replacing Madam Justice J.E. Prowse (Vancouver) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

John E.D. Savage has been appointed to the Bench of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Savage has practiced with Crease, Harman & Company since 1978, when Carol Huddard, now Madam Justice Huddard, hired him to take articles there.

The Honourable Daphne M. Smith, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, has been appointed a justice of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia. She replaces Madam Justice C.A. Ryan (Vancouver) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Paul W. Walker, QC, has been appointed to the Bench of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Walker has been a partner with Guild, Yule and Company LLP since 1984.