Committee and Task Force Reports

Note that recommendations contained in committee and task force reports are not Law Society policy unless and until the recommendations are formally adopted by the Benchers.

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Access to Justice /Delivery of Legal Services

Report of the Legal Services Regulatory Framework Task Force (December 2014)
Legal Service Providers Task Force Final Report (December 2013)
Submission to Geoffrey Cowper, QC’s review of the justice system on behalf of the provincial government (May 2012)
Reconciling Qualifications for Differing Types of Legal Services, a report of the Lawyer Education Advisory Committee (November 2011)
Alternative Business Structures in the Legal Profession: Preliminary Discussion and Recommendations, a report of the Independence and Self-Governance Advisory Committee (October 2011)
Delivery of Legal Services Task Force Final Report  (October 2010)
Report of the Delivery of Legal Services Task Force (December 2009)
Report of the Unbundling of Legal Services Task Force -- Limited Retainers: Professionalism and Practice (April 2008)

The Benchers have approved two responses to the Civil Justice Reform Working Group’s report, Effective and Affordable Civil Justice:

  1. response from the Law Society in its public interest role as regulator of the legal profession (May 2007)
  2. response from the Lawyers’ Insurance Fund from the perspective of a litigant (May 2007)

Report to Benchers on Delegation and Qualifications of Paralegals, a report of the Paralegal Task Force (April, 2006; posted August 2009)
Interim Report to the Benchers on Delegation and Qualifications of Paralegals, a report of the Paralegal Task Force (March 29, 2005)
Report to the Benchers on Paralegals (November, 2003; report dated October 27, 2003)
Proposal for a Law Society Paralegal Certification Schemefor discussion and comment (May, 2003)
Letter to the Attorney General – Access to justice at stake in government's civil liability review (September 23, 2002)
Preliminary report from the Paralegal Task Force (October, 2002; report dated June 13, 2002)
Report to the Benchers by the Paralegal Working Group (now known as the Paralegals Task Force) (March, 2001; report dated December 20, 2000)
Where the Axe Falls: the real cost of government cutbacks to legal aid, the Final Report to the Access to Justice Committee by Vicki Trerise. This report considers the impact of reductions in legal aid services for low income people, with a particular focus on women and children. (July, 2000)

Administrative Justice

Administrative Justice Project: 1. Preliminary Response of the Law Society of BC (April, 2002); 2. Further Response of the Law Society of BC (June, 2002)

Admissions

Admission Program Reform: Final Report (June 28, 2002) 
Interim Report of the Admission Program Task Force (November 26, 2001)
New Directions for Practical Legal Training in British Columbia, by Christopher Roper, Director of the Centre for Legal Education, Sydney, NSW (November, 1999)

Dispute Resolution

Lawyers as Dispute Resolution Professionals: A Discussion Paper, a report of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force. (May 2007)

equity and Diversity

Career Advancement into Partnership: Associate Guide (November 2015; presented to the Benchers January 2016) 
A Guide to Business Development for Women Lawyers (June 2015; presented to the Benchers January 2016)
Executive Summary of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Justicia Project Materials on Developing Women’s Leadership in the Legal Profession (presented to the Benchers January 2016) 
Towards a More Diverse Legal Profession: Better practices, better workplaces, better results, prepared on behalf of the Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (June 2012)
Annual Report of the Equity Ombudsperson Program for the Term January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 (presented to the Benchers May 2012)
Report of the Retention of Women in Law Task Force and The Business Case for Retaining and Advancing Women Lawyers in Private Practice (June 30; published July 13; reformatted version published October 7, 2009)
Report of the Interpreters Working Group, a report to the Benchers by the Interpreters Working Group of the Equity and Diversity Committee (July 2006)
Lawyers with Disabilities: Overcoming Barriers to Equality, a report of the Disability Research Working Group (October, 2004)  
Addressing Discriminatory Barriers Facing Aboriginal Law Students and Lawyers, a report of the Aboriginal Law Graduates Working Group (April 2000)

Family Law

Qualifications for Lawyers Acting as Arbitrators, Mediators, and/or Parenting Coordinators in Family Law Matters, a report of the Family Law Task Force (September 2012) 
Report of the Family Law Task Force: Best Practice Guidelines for Lawyers Practising Family Law (July 2011)
Report of the Family Law Task Force (May 2008)

Governance

Report of the Bencher Election Working Group (November 2013) 

Insurance

Report of the Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee on its Examination of the Relationship Between the Law Society as Regulator of Lawyers and as Insurer of Lawyers (April 2013; posted September 2013)
Title Insurance Issues Task Force: Report to the Benchers (July 2007)

Judiciary

Report of the Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee on the Principles for the Appointment of Justices to the Supreme Court of Canada (July 8, 2016)
Report of the Committee on Relations Between the Law Society and the Judiciary (February 27, 1997)

Lawyer Education

Admission Program Review Report, a report of the Lawyer Education Advisory Committee (December 4, 2015)
Report on Professional Education, a report of the Lawyer Education Advisory Committee (December 10, 2010)
Continuing Professional Development Review and Recommendations, a report of the Lawyer Education Advisory Committee (September 9, 2011)
Report on Advocacy Education, a report of the Lawyer Education Advisory Committee (December 2010)
Report of the Lawyer Education Advisory Committee – Proposed Program for Accredited Mentoring (May 9; published November 26, 2009)
Report of the Lawyer Education Committee on Continuing Professional Development (November 2007)
Preliminary Report of the Lawyer Education Task Force On Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (November 2006; posted October 2007)
New Firm Practice Course Proposal (November 10, 2005)
Lawyer Education Task Force: First Interim Report (March, 2004)

Pro Bono

Pro Bono Publico — lawyers serving the public good in British Columbia (June, 2002)
Also available is A Final Report on Pro bono Forum 2001 - for the public good 
 A Framework for the Delivery of Pro Bono Legal Services in the Province of British Columbia, an interim report of the Law Society / Canadian Bar Association Pro Bono Committee (November 24, 1999)

Real Estate

Protocol for land title electronic instruments (December 19, 2011)
A Response to the Real Estate Act Review Discussion Paper (May 16, 2003)
Second interim report of the Conveyancing Practices Task Forcefor discussion and comment (December, 2002)
Interim Report of the Conveyancing Practices Task Forcefor discussion and comment (August 6, 2002)

Records / Filing /technology

Report of the Cloud Computing Working Group (January 2012)
Forensic Copying of Computer Records by the Law Society, a report of the Mirror Imaging Working Group (October 2009)

Regulation and Discipline

Interim Report of the Law Firm Regulation Task Force (October 3, 2016)
Interim Report of the Discipline Guidelines Task Force: Conduct Assessment & Disposition Guidelines (June 2011)
Interim Report of the Discipline Guidelines Task Force (July 9, 2010; posted August 2016)
Report of the Conduct Review Task Force (March 2005; posted January 2010)

Rule of Law / Self-regulation

Report of the Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee on its Examination of the Relationship Between the Law Society as Regulator of Lawyers and as Insurer of Lawyers (April 2013; posted September 2013)
Self-Governance as a Necessary Condition of Constitutionally Mandated Lawyer Independence in British Columbia, a speech by 2009 President Gordon Turriff, QC. Speaking at the Conference of Regulatory Officers in Australia, Turriff gave a keynote address, arguing strongly for the importance of an independent legal profession as a necessary component of the rule of law. (October 2009; updated December 2009)
 Report of the Independence and Self-Governance Committee (June 2008)

Securities Commission

Submissions to the Securities Commission re: New Concepts for Securities Regulations (June, 2002)
Submissions to the Securities Commission re: New Proposals for Securities Regulations (September, 2002)

Small Firm Practice

Report of the Small Firm Task Force (January 26 2007; posted June 2007)

Special Fund Fees, Trust Administration Fees and Low Income Clients

Special Fund Fees, Trust Administration Fees and Low Income Clients: Final Report (September 2007)
Special Fund Fees, Trust Administration Fees and Low Income Clients: Report on the Consultation (July 4, 2007)
Special Fund Fees, Trust Administration Fees and Low Income Clients: A Consultation Paper (February 20, 2007)

Tribunal

Law Society of BC Tribunal 2015 Annual Report
Report of the Tribunal Program Review Task Force (September 25, 2015)
Interim Report of the Tribunal Program Review Task Force (December 5, 2014)
Report of the Task Force Examining the Separation of Adjudicative and Investigative Functions of the Benchers (July 2010, posted October 2011) 

Trust Assurance

Proposal for a New Model of Trust Assurance: an information and consultation paper for the profession outlines a proposal to replace the current Accountant’s Report (Form 47) with a program whereby each law firm would 1) file with the Law Society its own annual report on trust accounting activities without the need to retain a Form 47 accountant, and 2) undergo a Law Society audit at least every four years. (June, 2000)

Further background information is also contained in a report from the Special Compensation Fund Committee to the Benchers, Trust Assurance Standards: forecasting the self-reporting and audit inspection model (May 29, 2000)