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.

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Law Society of BC, Provincial Government, BC Courts

Submission: Who’s Getting Left Behind? The Impact of the Ongoing Digital Transformation of the Court System on Access to Justice in British Columbia

  • July 19, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a digital transformation of BC’s court system, access to justice increased, but some people are being left behind. CBABC identifies those people, suggests some considerations to follow, and invites dialogue with the courts, Court Services, Justice Services and the Law Society of BC to ensure no one is left behind.


Cullen Commission: Closing Submissions of CBABC and CDAS

  • July 13, 2021

On July 9, 2021, CBABC delivered its final submissions to the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia. CBABC received joint standing with the Criminal Defense Advocacy Society to participate in the Commission in the fall of 2019. Our participation and submissions were not to overlap with those of the Law Society of BC.

Provincial Government

Written Submission to Special Committee: Reforming the Police Act (BC)

  • April 30, 2021

The Government appointed a Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act to make recommendations relating to the reform and modernization of policing in BC. The scope of their review includes the role of police with respect to complex social issues including mental health, systemic racism within police agencies and its impact on public safety and trust, and whether measures are needed to make the legislation consistent with DRIPA. 

Provincial Government

Submission to Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act

  • August 14, 2020

The Section members recommend changes in these areas: 1. Personal health information considerations, emergency measures and PIPA; 2. Importance of maintaining consistency with developments in national and international privacy legislation; 3. Protecting solicitor-client privilege; and 4. Mandatory privacy breach notification.