Committee on Relations with the Judiciary

The mandate of the Committee on Relations with the Judiciary is to:

  • assist lawyers who need emergency assistance in the course of a trial or other proceeding in circumstances where such assistance is requested by the judiciary; and
  • provide advice and assistance to lawyers who wish to make complaints about judges, or who wish to argue that a judge’s conduct has manifested a bias against the lawyer’s client, and in suitable cases would raise the complaints directly with the judiciary.

How to access the committee

The committee acts independently of the Law Society, responding directly to requests for assistance from the Bench and Bar in carrying out its mandate. Communication with the committee by judges and lawyers is voluntary and the committee does not communicate with or report to the Law Society on particular cases.

To access the services of the committee, please contact one of its current members directly:

J. Kenneth McEwan, QC (Civil) 604.891.2400
Ian Donaldson, QC (Criminal) 604.681.5232
Dinyar Marzban, QC (Family) 604.681.6564

Background on the committee

The committee is comprised of at least three practitioners, drawn from the civil, criminal and family litigation bars, and respected and trusted by the members of the judiciary and the profession. Appointments to the committee are made by the president of the Law Society, following consultation with senior members of the judiciary and the profession. Appointments are for an indefinite term and subject to annual review.

The committee was originally formed in the late 1990s,drawing its mandate and terms of reference from the 1997 Protocol between the Law Society and the BC Courts Respecting Concerns that Arise in Ongoing Proceedings (the 1997 Protocol).

If you have any questions about the committee, please contact a committee member.

Protocols between the Law Society and the courts/government

Protocol between the Provincial Court and the Law Society respecting complaints (2004; Addendum 2005)
Protocol between the Law Society and the Office of the Registrar respecting the protection of solicitor-client privilege in connection with investigations under the Security Services Act (2008)

Western Law Societies Conveyancing Protocol (British Columbia) Version 3.0

Full text of the Protocol – Version 3
Solicitor's Opinion – Version 9

List of Protocol Lenders

Examples

Wording for use when acting for the borrower and lender
Wording for use when acting for the lender only
File checklist
Statutory declaration regarding existing survey certificate
Letter from law firm confirming the participation of a financial institution

Medical-Legal Liaison Committee

Solving disputes between lawyers and physicians

If you have a disagreement with a physician regarding fees for medical-legal reports, production of clinical records or expert testimony, consider using the Medical-Legal Liaison Committee for assistance in resolving your dispute. Representatives from the BC Medical Association, the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the legal profession make up the committee. This is not a Law Society of BC committee. The committee provides its views in writing to the parties. For more information, contact Jack Webster, QC at:

Medical-Legal Liaison Committee
510 – 1040 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4H1
Attention: Jack Webster, QC, Chair
Tel. 604.682.3488
Email: jmw@webhudco.ca