2020

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Court Updates: COVID-19

  • September 15, 2020

The most current updates and notices for the Court of Appeal for BC, the Supreme Court of BC, and the Provincial Court of BC.

How COVID-19 will change legal innovation

  • September 14, 2020

When the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) released its Legal Futures report in 2014, it identified cloud-based technologies, online learning, electronic filing and videoconferencing as disruptive forces that could alter the practice of law but also presented “significant opportunities” for the lawyers who embraced them. 

New Westminster Law Courts Closure | Sep 14, 2020

  • September 14, 2020

Due to the fire at the New Westminster pier and the impact on air quality at the courthouse, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has directed that the Supreme Court registry at New Westminster Law Courts has been closed for today, September 14, 2020. All Supreme Court proceedings scheduled for hearing at New Westminster today have been adjourned.

Legal bodies call for greater diversity on federal courts

  • September 14, 2020

Three dozen legal associations and advocacy groups have sent a letter to Canada’s attorney general calling for current judicial vacancies at the Federal Court to be filled with judges of colour as a way of increasing racial diversity on the bench.

Appointing BIPOC Candidates to the Federal Judiciary

  • September 14, 2020

"We are writing on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association to urge you to appoint Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) candidates to the Supreme Court of Canada and other federal judicial positions."

Modernized arbitration legislation comes into force

  • September 01, 2020

British Columbia’s new Arbitration Act has come into force, modernizing the province’s domestic arbitration system and improving access to justice through out-of-court options.  The legislation, passed during the spring session, replaces outdated arbitration law and reflects best practices based on a United Nations arbitration model that has been adopted by many other jurisdictions.

In memoriam: The Honourable Lance S.G. Finch

  • September 01, 2020

The Honourable Lance S.G. Finch passed away in the presence of his family on 30 August 2020, after a trip to his much loved summer retreat. As Chief Justice of British Columbia Lance Finch led the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and the Court of Appeal of Yukon from 2001 to 2013.