Current Issues & Campaigns

Since the time TLABC was founded, our membership has worked to protect the rights of individuals and enhance the practice of law in British Columbia. Hand in hand with those goals is the pursuit of positive changes in legislation and the rules of court proceedings. In addition to participating and assisting the courts in public-interest cases and appeals, TLABC devotes time and other resources to important public-minded campaigns.

TLABC Campaigns

Public Affairs Summary Document 

Ongoing Campaign Summary, as of December 9, 2019 

ICBC - Injury Cap and CRT Challenge
On April 1 of this year, TLABC commenced legal proceedings that challenges the constitutional validity of the ICBC-NDP scheme to cap damages and force most matters to the CRT. Initially TLABC was the only named party. It was always intended that individual plaintiffs would be added later to eliminate any standing concerns and to provide an individualized factual context for the challenge.

On December 2, Chief Justice Hinkson added four individuals as plaintiffs: Philip Whealy, Khadija Ramadhan, Sahra Liedtke, and Melissa Rondpre. Those individuals are post-April 1 accident victims who allege “minor injuries” that would be subject to the non-pecuniary damages cap, and the jurisdiction of the CRT. The defendants in those individuals’ tort claims were also added, but ICBC was not. All orders ultimately went by consent although only after all material was prepared and the application about to proceed. 

Now that the parties have been assembled, plaintiffs’ counsel will take steps to move forward on the merits. The parties are next to apply themselves to developing a plan and schedule for the litigation, with direction from the Chief Justice as necessary. 

LEGAL AID
TLABC continues to support the Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) in its efforts to increase legal aid funding in BC. We are pleased that an agreement was reached with the Province, ALL and the Legal Aid Society (LSS). We continue to monitor this issue, as well as raise it with the various MLAs and officials in British Columbia. 

WRONGFUL DEATH LEGISLATION 
On December 12, TLABC CEO Shawn Mitchell will attend the AGM of the Wrongful Death Law Reform Society. TLABC has been a long-time partner with the Society, focused on pursuing wrongful death legislation in BC. 

ALTERNATE LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDERS 
TLABC CEO Shawn Mitchell attended the recent Law Society Benchers meeting where, among other things, an update was provided by Trudi L. Brown QC regarding progress from the Licensed Paralegal Task Force Update. Notes from that meeting will be circulated to TLABC’s Family Law committee for review and consideration.

TLABC posts any breaking updates on its Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn Pages. If you have any further questions on these issues or others, please contact TLABC CEO, Shawn Mitchell at shawn@tlabc.org

TLABC supports:

Road BC - https://roadbc.ca/ 
Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL)https://www.bclegalaidlawyers.ca/
Distracted Driving Kills: http://distracteddrivingkills.ca/
Protecting Justice for BC: www.protectingjusticeforbc.org/

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