2010 News Archives

10 May 2010
TLABC Submission to the FIPPA Review

The Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia made a submission to the BC Government’s review of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). The ability to obtain documents through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request is often crucially important to citizens seeking justice. Access to information must be permitted by governments and government bodies. At the same time, sound privacy laws must be in place. This spring marks the third review of the FIPPA legislation. A special committee tasked with undertaking the review is mandated to complete its work by the end of May.

READ TLABC'S SUBMISSION


January 2010
WRONGFUL DEATH

The Trial Lawyers Association of BC (TLABC) recently supplied Attorney General Mike de Jong with a paper pertaining to wrongful death legislation. For several years, TLABC and partner organizations have been calling for new legislation to be introduced in British Columbia. Information in the paper regarding jurisdictions outside of BC was supplied due to a request directly from Minister de Jong. The paper also outlines six key objectives for reforming BC’s legislation. TLABC’s goal is to have a Wrongful Death Act established based upon the best and most suitable components found in other jurisdictions. As the paper indicates, legislation in five US jurisdictions can be held up as a model for BC.
 
 

22 March 2010
TLABC Bench & Bar Awards Luncheon
Friday 9 April 2010

Recommendations made by TLABC’s nominations committee, chaired by Noreen Collins, gained approval from the TLABC executive committee, resulting in the following three people being tapped to receive TLABC awards this spring:

  • Executive officer Patricia Bond has earned the TLABC Bar Award
  • Recently retired BC Supreme Court Justice Donna Martinson will be presented with the TLABC Bench Award
  • Dr. Gurdeep Parhar will receive the TLABC President’s Award

All three awards will be presented on Friday, April 9, during the luncheon portion of TLABC’s two-day medical-legal conference, The Intersection of Law and Medicine.

DOWNLOAD THE NOTICE AND PURCHASE TICKETS

 


 

2009 News Archives
 
December 2009
 
Legal Aid/LSS Survey

The Trial Lawyers Association of BC and our members who work within the legal aid/LSS system are very concerned about the current legal aid crisis in BC. TLABC’s Criminal Defence Committee is seeking broad input from BC lawyers to help identify specific problems with the system, and generate ideas on how best to address each issue. The survey will be open until 15 December 2009. 
Click here to participate in TLABC's Legal Aid/LSS Survey  
 
   
July 22 2009
 
Members:
Link below to call up an important memo from TLABC President Robert Holmes
- "TLABC's Success in Civil Rules Campaign"
 
 

June 18, 2009
 
ICBC Grabs Private Health Records of Accident Victims
through Unfair Agreement with BC Chiropractors
 
Conflict of Interest and Breach of Duty Now Underway
 
 

June 4, 2009
 
Wrongful Death Legislation Required Throughout Canada
New Federal Legislation Should be Amended to Adopt
the Made-in-BC Definition for a Proposed Wrongful Death Act
 
 

2007 News Archives

Draft Rules - TLABC Weighs In
November 30, 2007

TLABC submitted its formal response in regard to the proposed new rules of court for civil proceedings. November 30 was the deadline for feedback to the BC Justice Review Task Force. The TLABC submission is just the latest step in what has been a protracted process, dating back more than three years (to September 2004), when the task force established the Civil Justice Reform Working Group, which in turn made the initial recommendations (November 2006). The pending rule changes remain of significant interest to TLABC.

READ THE TLABC SUBMISSION


TLABC Calls for Province-Wide Ban on Taser Use
Tuesday 28 November 2007

TLABC has called on top BC Government officials to impose an immediate ban on taser use throughout the province. As the following news release indicates, the use of tasers is universally controversial and the concerns are fully warranted.

READ THE TLABC NEWS RELEASE


PST on Legal Fees
TLABC requests your support in urging the Government of British Columbia to stop imposing the 7% provincial tax on legal fees. 

Download the sample letter below and send it to all of your clients whose PST was withheld during the Christie proceedings. Also below you will find a sample letter for you and your clients to send directly to Members of the Legislative Assembly. As well, we want members to send the letters to all of their previous clients. 

NOTE: The sample letter to clients specifies the link in which to access the contact information for all MLAs. Any letter written to an MLA needs to be addressed properly and signed by the letter writer. 

DOWNLOAD THE SAMPLE LETTER TO CLIENTS
DOWNLOAD THE SAMPLE LETTER TO MLAs


BC Justice Review Task Force & the CJRWG Recommendations
The legal community throughout British Columbia awaits its chance to review the proposed new rules for the province, which are now expected to be available for discussion in July, as a concept draft, according to the BC Justice Review Task Force. 

TLABC ACTION: In advance of the draft rules being circulated, TLABC sent - on June 14 - a detailed submission (link provided below) to the BC Justice Review Task Force and copied a host of other interested parties, including representatives from both the legal and disability communities.  

READ THE SUBMISSION


The Verdict - Issue 115
Themed on Malpractice, Issue 115 of TLABC's journal, the Verdict, is now available.

GO TO THE VERDICT WEBSITE


TLABC Taking Issue with ICBC's Tactics
TLABC needs the help of its membership in gathering information for the purpose of building an overall file to point out instances of unfair actions taken by some ICBC adjusters. This is in response to reports and an ongoing concern about certain business tactics used by some ICBC representatives. Though several TLABC members have supplied anecdotal information in this regard, our association is now calling for specific examples. The reason: Both the Law Society and ICBC have indicated they can only respond to specific allegations and evidence of unfair practices.  To be clear, the anecdotal information gathered so far by TLABC has been sufficient to outline the situation and specifics are now required in order to improve the climate in which claimants, adjusters and legal counsel co-exist.

CLICK HERE TO FILE YOUR INCIDENT REPORT ONLINE

BACKGROUND: TLABC members in various parts of the province have reported, during the past several years, that some ICBC adjusters opt to bash lawyers at every turn in a quest to dissuade claimants from hiring counsel. Tactics range from the use of derogatory language and aggression to the unauthorized offering of legal advice. Moreover, members have reported that claimants who hire lawyers sometimes have their discretionary benefits cut off simply because they retained counsel. TLABC has corresponded with the Law Society about this matter since 2001.


Real Concerns Remain about the CJRWG Recommendations Being Advanced in BC
The Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and others in the legal community remain highly interested and concerned about potential changes to the process of civil justice as a result of the recommendations put forth by the Civil Justice Reform Working Group (CJRWG). The group submitted its report to the BC Justice Review Task Force late last year and thereby caused concerns to set in on several fronts due to the scope and severity of the recommendations. TLABC president Rose Keith recently issued an updated critique to members throughout the province. 
READ THE NOTICE TO MEMBERS


TLABC Tries to Gain Access before the Next Phase of the Reform Process
(CJRWG recommendations)
It is not clear if a new committee will be struck by the BC Justice Review Task Force to further the recommendations made by its Civil Justice Reform Working Group (CJRWG), but TLABC has sent a written request to be involved in the next phase. Apparently, new rules are already being drafted as a result of the CJRWG report that was issued late last year. A consultation and/or implementation process is expected to ensue this spring.

READ THE LETTER TLABC SENT TO THE BC JUSTICE REVIEW TASK FORCE


Civil Justice Reform Working Group (CJRWG) Releases its Report
The BC Justice Review Task Force's CJRWG released its long-awaited report at the end of November 2006. There are three key recommendations contained within the report that would not doubt dramatically change the face of civil justice in BC. TLABC is in the process of deciding how best to respond to this report.

VISIT THE BC JUSTICE REVIEW TASK FORCE WEBSITE

READ THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE CJRWG's REPORT