Submissions

As part of our Advocacy work, CBABC routinely makes submissions in the form of letters, reports and briefing notes to government, the Law Society of BC, and other organizations on matters of importance to our members and the profession. Below is a catalogue of our recent submissions along with any responses received.

Questions? Contact Jo-Anne Stark, Director of Advocacy at advocacy@cbabc.org.

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Provincial Government

Report from Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act

  • May 09, 2022

In 2021, the Government formed a Special Committee to reform the Police Act. A public consultation was conducted and the final report of this Special Committee has now been published, along with recommendations for modernizing the legislation and policies around policing in BC.

Provincial Government

Deputy Attorney General: Amendment to S. 203 of Family Law Act

  • April 14, 2022

CBABC has made a request to the Deputy Attorney General to amend section 203 of the Family Law Act. The current section creates a higher threshold to meet before the court can order a legal representative for a child who is involved in a family law matter. The proposed amendment would align the BC legislation with other jurisdictions by removing barriers to appointing counsel to assist children with their rights.

Law Society of BC, Provincial Government

Law Society of BC/Attorney General: Family Law Disputes

  • April 12, 2022

The Law Society of BC (LSBC) reviewed a report of their Access to Justice Advisory Committee in the fall of 2021 which looked into ways to improve access to justice in family law disputes. CBABC prepared a written submission with recommendations and further considerations for both LSBC and the BC Government as improvements are made to alleviate challenges for those needing to resolve family law matters.

BC Courts

Submission to the Rules Committee: BCSC Contempt Rules

  • April 07, 2022

The Rules of Contempt are under review by the BC Supreme Court Civil and Family Rules Committee (Rules Committee). The existing rules are outdated and do not reflect the range of options that are used under the court’s inherent jurisdiction when a court order is violated.

Other

Letter to Land Title and Survey Authority of BC: Land Owner Transparency Registry

  • March 17, 2022

CBABC has asked the Land Owner Transparency administrator to consider a series of recommendations designed to improve the process and requirements for land owners to file notice of beneficial ownership in BC. These recommendations are in response to privacy concerns and technical issues identified by CBABC members.

Provincial Government

On Matters of Indigenous Justice in British Columbia

  • November 29, 2021

CBABC requests that the Province of British Columbia commit to meaningful change to address systemic inequality. Indigenous communities deserve a unique and collaborative approach to justice that addresses the issues prevalent within their population.

BC Courts

Response from Chief Justice Hinkson: Reforming Court Scheduling

  • November 18, 2021

In September, the Court Services Committee of CBABC made a submission to reform court scheduling entitled Modernizing the Supreme Court of British Columbia’s Scheduling System for Civil Matters. The Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court has considered this submission and provided a letter in response.

Provincial Government

Response from BC Government: LOTA Filing Deadline Extension

  • November 02, 2021

The government heard from legal professionals that more time is needed to meet new requirements to file under the Land Owner Transparency Registry, and has extended the deadline an additional year to November 30, 2022.

Provincial Government

Letter to Minister of Finance: Land Owner Transparency Act Deadline

  • October 25, 2021

The recently enacted Land Owner Transparency Act, SBC 2019, c.23 (“LOTA”) requires that certain registered owners of real property interests in British Columbia file initial transparency reports disclosing their interest holders by November 30, 2021.