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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.

Canada must expose hidden company owners to end 'snow washing,' inquiry hears

  • February 27, 2020

Kevin Westell, representing the Canadian Bar Association and Criminal Defence Advocacy Society, said the regime should not apply to the legal profession. Requiring lawyers to report suspicious activity to the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre, or Fintrac, would violate solicitor-client privilege, he said.

CFAX 1070: Potential harm of changes to auto insurance

  • February 26, 2020

Legislative amendments have been introduced that the BC government claims will reduce the cost and complexity of lawsuits under the current auto insurance system. Jennifer Brun, vice president, Canadian Bar Association BC, joined Adam Stirling at CFAX 1070 to explain why CBABC is opposed to these amendments.