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Judicial vacancies doubled around election; ‘chronic’ judge shortage wreaks ‘havoc’ say bench, bar

  • January 31, 2020

"...delays in filling vacancies, and a shortage of superior court trial judges in British Columbia (which is asking Ottawa to create new positions on the B.C. Supreme Court) contributes significantly to trial and other litigation delays in the province, says Ken Armstrong of Vancouver’s Armstrong Naish Trial Lawyers, president of the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. branch."

Revised Criminal Orders Picklist Launched

  • January 29, 2020

On January 29, 2020 the Provincial Court of British Columbia launched revised Criminal Picklists containing standard wording for bail, probation, and conditional sentences as well as associated orders like driving and firearms prohibitions.

CBABC Remembers Ted Hughes, QC

  • January 20, 2020

Mr. Hughes’ contributions to the justice system, child protection reform, and conflict-of-interest rules leave a significant legacy and example of public service.

Federal Justice Minister consulting with legal experts on changes to MAiD

  • January 14, 2020

“The CBA would like to see eligibility for medical assistance in dying align more closely with the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Carter, and we support the government’s commitment to lead a collaboration with the provinces to achieve that end,” the CBA said in a statement. “We would be pleased to participate with the government in its work on end-of-life issues.”

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

  • January 09, 2020

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.