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CBABC responds to BC Budget 2018

  • February 20, 2018

“All British Columbians, especially our most vulnerable, need effective access to legal advice and representation. With today’s budget, the government has made significant steps toward that goal, but a healthier investment is still necessary.” Bill Veenstra, CBABC President

Law Society of BC Consultation: proposed amendments to Federation of Law Societies of Canada's anti money-laundering model rules

  • February 20, 2018

The Law Society of BC has created a working group that has reviewed and considered the consultation paper for the purposes of providing a response. The working group would appreciate feedback from lawyers to the proposed changes, and in particular feedback on the proposed amendments that would eliminate certain exemptions to the application of the current rules.

Lawyers’ groups express concerns over B.C.’s auto insurance reforms

  • February 13, 2018

The B.C. government has announced major steps to help the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) get out of financial crisis, but a number of organizations representing the legal community have expressed concerns the reforms to the provincially owned auto insurer may do unintended harm to victims of motor vehicle accidents.

Judicial Appointments in BC

  • February 07, 2018

Congratulations to Madam Justice Susan A. Griffin, appointed a Justice of the BC Court of Appeal and a Judge of the Yukon Court of Appeal, and Madam Justice Diane MacDonald, appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of BC.

CBABC responds to ICBC changes

  • February 06, 2018

“The unintended consequences of implementing a cap will deprive many British Columbians of the compensation they deserve. Caps decrease the accountability of unsafe drivers, the cost of which is then borne by the victim who was not at fault. The answer to ICBC’s current financial woes is not to place the burden on the shoulders of innocent victims,” said Bill Veenstra, CBABC president.

Opinion: A free press must not undermine fair administration of justice

  • January 29, 2018

"Public confidence in the justice system of this country is fundamental to a democratic society. That confidence cannot be maintained if the media inaccurately reports or distorts the decisions of the courts." Christopher E. Hinkson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of BC