In Brief

Canada’s first multilingual legal glossary

5,000 legal terms in seven different languages are now just a click away thanks to the launch of Canada’s first multilingual legal glossary by Vancouver Community College. The plain language glossary, legalglossary.ca, offers English, Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese definitions. The project, sparked by BC’s provincial court judges, was funded by the Law Foundation of BC with support from the Law Courts Education Society and the Notary Foundation of BC.

Judicial appointments

The Honourable Gail M. Dickson has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of BC. She replaces Mr. Justice T.P. Warren (Vancouver), who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

The Honourable Stella Doreen Frame has been appointed a Judge of the Provincial Court of BC. A welcoming ceremony and reception will be held on Friday, March 30 at the Provincial Court of BC, Courtroom D, 455 Columbia Street, Kamloops.

The Honourable S. David Frankel has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of BC. He replaces Mr. Justice A.M. Stewart (Vancouver), who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

The Honourable Christopher E. Hinkson has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of BC. He replaces Mr. Justice T.J. Melnick (Victoria), who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

The Honourable William B. Smart has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of BC. He replaces Mr. Justice J.D. Taylor (Vancouver/New Westminster), who passed away.

New committee struck to deal with policy matters

The Benchers have established a new Regulatory Policy Committee, which will deal with overarching policy issues with input from the other regulatory committees (Discipline, Credentials, Practice Standards and Unauthorized Practice). The Committee will identify and study issues relating to the regulation of the profession; develop specific proposals and options for consideration by the Benchers on policy matters related to professional conduct, fitness to be called and the practice of law; and attend to other matters that are referred to the Committee. While the Ethics Committee will continue to deal primarily with matters pertaining to the Professional Conduct Handbook, the Regulatory Policy Committee will address matters related to the Law Society Rules.

LTSA fee increase

The Land Title and Survey Authority has announced minor fee increases to some of its services. For more information, see ltsa.ca.

Frances Fish awards

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is calling for nominations for the Frances Fish Women Lawyers’ Achievement Awards. BC lawyers with a connection to Nova Scotia are eligible for the awards.

To be considered, a woman must be deserving of recognition for her dedication to the advancement of women in and through the legal profession, through professional excellence and leadership and/or commitment and service to the legal profession, legal education or the community. For more information, visit nsbs.ns.ca/Equity/francisfish.htm.