In Brief

PST refund on legal fees

The Consumer Taxation Branch of the Ministry of Small Business and Revenue has released information for low-income persons wishing to apply for a refund of PST paid on legal fees while the decision in BC (Attorney General) v. Christie, 2007 SCC 21, was under appeal.

Information is available from the Consumer Taxation Branch at www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/notices/Notice_to_Taxpayers_Oct_2007.pdf.

The Consumer Taxation Branch can also be contacted directly at 604-660 4524 in Vancouver or toll-free at 1-877-388 4440, or by email at CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca. Assistance is also available from the Law Society’s practice advisors Dave Bilinsky (604-605-5331, daveb@lsbc.org) or Barbara Buchanan (604-697-5816, bbuchanan@lsbc.org)


Appointments to outside bodies

Continuing Legal Education Society: The presidents of the Law Society and the CBA, BC Branch have appointed Life Bencher Gerald Kambeitz, QC as a director of the CLE Society of BC, for a three-year term ­effectively immediately.

Legal Services Society: The Benchers have appointed David Crossin, QC of Vancouver and Richard Schwarz of Victoria as directors of the Legal Services Society of BC, for two-year terms that commenced on September 7, 2007.


PLTC registration deadlines

Please note new registration deadlines for PLTC:

Session start date

Application deadline

Feb. 11, 2008

Oct. 15, 2007

May 20, 2008

Dec. 15, 2007

Sept. 2, 2008

Mar. 1, 2008

Feb. 9, 2009

Oct. 15, 2008

May 19, 2009

Dec. 15, 2008

Sept.8, 2009

Mar. 1, 2009


Judicial appointments

Christine Birnie has been appointed to the Bench of the Provincial Court in Smithers. Birnie has been Crown counsel in Smithers for 10 years.

Elisabeth Burgess, QC has been appointed to the Bench of the Provincial Court in the Lower Mainland. Burgess has practised law for 23 years with the Ministry of Attorney General, as Crown counsel, director of special justice programs, Aboriginal justice and environment prosecutions, director of legal operations and justice programs and executive director of the criminal reform office.

Robert Dennis Morgan has been appointed to the Bench of the Provincial Court in Quesnel. Morgan has practised law for 13 years with the Legal Services Society in Vancouver, Campbell River and, most recently, Kelowna.

Josiah Wood, QC has been appointed to the Bench of the Provincial Court in Duncan. Wood has practised with Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Vancouver since 1996, before which he served as a judge of the BC Court of Appeal and the BC Supreme Court.

Thomas Woods has been appointed to the Bench of the Provincial Court in the Lower Mainland. Woods has practised civil litigation with Lawson Lundell in Vancouver since 1988.