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Professional Notice

NP 11: Use of Support Person in Small Claims and Family Proceedings

  • December 19, 2022

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, either in person or virtual. A support person may also be the subject of any applicable provisions of the Legal Profession Act.

Professional Notice

Supreme Court of BC: In Person Attendance and Trial Management Conferences

  • December 14, 2022

On February 1, 2023, trial management conferences will resume in person in accordance with Rule 12-2(4) of the Supreme Court Civil Rules and Rule 14-3(4) of the Supreme Court Family Rules. When this change takes effect, all civil and family proceedings will be in person unless the Court otherwise orders or directs.

Legislative Update

Amendment: Expansion of Whistleblower Protections

  • December 02, 2022

The provincial government has amended the Government Body Designation (Public Interest Disclosure) Regulation under the Public Interest Disclosure Act, expanding protection by 39 more public-sector organizations.