Law Needs Well-Being Because... Campaign

  • September 29, 2020

The “Law Needs Well-Being Because...” Campaign is a national photo campaign that invites lawyers, articled clerks, and law students from all over the country to reflect on why well-being is important for our profession.

Abbotsford Law Courts Opening

  • September 29, 2020

A new location of the Supreme Court of British Columbia is opening in Abbotsford. The courthouse is expected to open to the public on January 18, 2021. Effective February 1, 2021 the Court will begin hearing trials in Abbotsford. As per most Supreme Court locations, matters in Abbotsford will be scheduled according to the assize system.

CBABC Recognizes Outstanding Contributions to the Legal Community

  • September 28, 2020

The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) has once again honoured both outstanding BC lawyers and an innovative organization, all of whom have contributed to the profession and community. CBABC President Ken Armstrong presented three special recognition awards to Simon Coval, QC, Tina Parbhakar and the BC Prosecution Service on Saturday, September 26 at the virtual CBABC Provincial Council meeting.

Message to Members: BC Election 2020

  • September 22, 2020

British Columbians will head to the polls on October 24. As with every BC election, CBABC will bring forward justice issues to the parties and candidates, while maintaining a non-partisan position overall.

B.C. suspending civil jury trials in response to pandemic

  • September 21, 2020

The B.C. government is suspending civil jury trials for just over a year as a means of minimizing the impact of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension begins Sept. 28 and will run until Oct. 4, 2021. Any trial taking place during this time period will be heard by judge alone. In addition, neither plaintiffs nor defendants will be permitted to adjourn cases to a later date in order to have the matter heard by a jury, unless the court orders otherwise.

New judicial appointment to help clear traffic court backlog

  • September 21, 2020

Catherine Kinahan has been appointed as judicial justice. After earning her law degree from the University of British Columbia, she was called to the bar in 1981. She was a City of Vancouver lawyer from 1985 to 2017, including her role as assistant director, enforcement and bylaw prosecutions. Prior to that, she worked as Crown counsel in Vancouver.