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Message to CBABC Members: Every Child Matters

  • June 01, 2021

The recent discovery of the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School is a devastating reminder of what we each must undertake to know the truth of Indigenous peoples in Canada and work towards reconciliation. The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch mourns the lives of these children, and honours each child, their families, their communities, and all who are affected by the trauma inflicted by the residential schools in Canada.

Judicial Appointment to the Provincial Court of BC

  • May 25, 2021

"It is my great pleasure and privilege to announce that the Lieutenant Governor in Council has signed an Order in Council appointing Lorianna Bennett a judge to the Provincial Court." - Melissa Gillespie, Chief Judge, Provincial Court of British Columbia

Policy Amendment: Use of Electronic Devices in Courtrooms

  • May 25, 2021

The Three Courts’ Policy on Use of Electronic Devices in Courtrooms confirms that an electronic device may not be used in a courtroom to digitally transcribe a proceeding, and has been amended to clarify that this includes making a transcript using video conferencing software.

But I was wearing a suit - Part 2

  • May 18, 2021

Part 1 asked about Indigenous lawyers' experiences with the legal profession. It ended with a question, "If this is how Indigenous lawyers are treated in the legal system, what does this say about how the legal system treats Indigenous people in general?" This is Part II of that project.

NP 11 - Use of a Support Person in Civil and Family Proceedings

  • May 17, 2021

Purpose The objective of this Notice to the Profession and Public is to outline the guidelines for using a support person (also referred to as a courtroom companion or “McKenzie friend”) in Provincial Court small claims or family proceedings. A support person may also be subject to any applicable provisions of the Legal Profession Act.

CBABC Statement on Justice Romilly's Wrongful Detainment

  • May 17, 2021

"At CBABC, we are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and justice system. It is incumbent on each institution, and on each individual, to recognize and combat our unconscious biases and systemic racism."