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Delay paralegal changes until more consultation held: CBA

  • November 28, 2018

The B.C. legislature is considering legislation to allow the provincial law society to give more powers to paralegals, but the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) is asking the government to delay the move, saying it requires more study and may have significant consequences on the practice of family law in the province.

CBABC Responds to Proposed ICBC Changes

  • November 23, 2018

British Columbia’s decision to classify psychiatric issues and mild concussions as minor under new automobile insurance regulations is being called troubling by members of the B.C. bar, adding that recent changes at the provincially owned insurance provider are reducing individuals’ chances to have their issues properly addressed.

B.C. bar association urging action on ‘acute’ issues with legal aid, auto insurance

  • October 17, 2018

The Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) is asking the B.C. government to increase funding for legal aid and to make changes to the recently transformed auto insurance system in the province as part of a number of recommendations it says will help to serve modern needs and lead to the efficient resolution of legal conflicts in B.C.

‘ICBC dumpster fire’ draws heat from CBA, Trial Lawyers of B.C.

  • April 30, 2018

British Columbia Attorney General David Eby's proposal last week to amend two provincial statutes in a bid to douse the Insurance Corporation of B.C.'s financial “dumpster fire” has drawn heat from the Canadian Bar Association B.C. Branch and the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.

First budget from B.C. NDP injects cash into legal services

  • February 22, 2018

“These are material increases in funding that will improve access to justice for many within the province, including those in indigenous, rural and remote communities,” said Bill Veenstra, president of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch.

Legal aid boost in eye of beholder

  • February 21, 2018

B.C. Attorney General David Eby is getting kudos from the Legal Services Society for funding hikes announced in Tuesday’s provincial budget, but other justice stakeholders say the NDP is continuing to beggar legal aid.

Lawyers’ groups express concerns over B.C.’s auto insurance reforms

  • February 13, 2018

The B.C. government has announced major steps to help the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) get out of financial crisis, but a number of organizations representing the legal community have expressed concerns the reforms to the provincially owned auto insurer may do unintended harm to victims of motor vehicle accidents.