Annual Report 2017/2018

  • July 05, 2018

Summary of Meetings: Civil Litigation - Vancouver

Number of Meetings Held: 5

Monday, December 11, 2017
Guest Speaker: Howard Mickelson, Q.C. - Gudmundseth Mickelson
Meeting Title/Topic: Cross Examination and Examination for Discovery
Synopsis: Howard Mickelson, Q.C. delivered practical insights and tips for use during cross examinations and examinations for discovery.

Monday, January 29, 2018
Guest Speaker: The Honourable David Eby, QC
Meeting Title/Topic: Current Issues with Minister Eby
Synopsis: The Honourable Minister David Eby, QC attended to discuss several important current and upcoming legal issues including the legalization of cannabis, anti-money laundering reforms, electoral reforms, legal aid and ICBC. The focus of the meeting was on matters relating to ICBC.

Friday, April 6, 2018
Guest Speaker: Sue Smolen - Civil Scheduling Manager in Vancouver
Meeting Title/Topic: Demystifying the Court Registry
Synopsis: Sue Smolen provided advice and answered questions on navigating the procedures, unwritten rules and nuances of the Court Registry, with the aim to demystify the Court Registry for litigators.

Monday, May 14, 2018
Guest Speaker: Michelle Maniago, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Tina Cicchetti, Independent Arbitrator, Vancouver Arbitration Chambers
Naomi Kovak, Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman LLP
Alexandra Mitretodis, Fasken
Meeting Title/Topic: Creative Procedural Design Ideas for Complex Trials
Synopsis: An engaging discussion about streamlining trial processes, with a focus on how best practices that have developed in international arbitration can be adapted to complex litigation in British Columbia. The discussion also included an overview of the procedural design of the trial in the Microsoft class action, which modified court processes to adopt some of those best practices.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Guest Speaker: Shannon Salter - Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal
Meeting Title/Topic: An Introduction to the Civil Resolution Tribunal
Synopsis: The Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is Canada’s first online tribunal, resolving condominium and small claims disputes. In April 2019, the CRT will also have jurisdiction over certain motor vehicle accident claims. Come learn about how online dispute resolution can increase access to justice by building the justice system around the public, leveraging technology to connect people with legal help wherever and whenever it’s convenient for them. This session will discuss the CRT model, the approach to implementing its new areas of jurisdiction, and discuss the changing role of lawyers in a digital age.

Comments and Observations of the Chair