Updated: March 31
CBABC Message to Members:
As we adjust to the daily changes affecting the legal profession, CBABC continues to communicate with the courts, the Law Society and government agencies to bring the perspective of practicing lawyers. Your suggestions and feedback are making a difference in those discussions. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns and solutions.
CBABC is advocating for a solution that permits the Land Title Survey Authority to accept documents executed by video – similar to what the courts have permitted for the execution of affidavits and LSBC has authorized for client identification. We also are communicating with the Ministry of the Attorney General to monitor and propose solutions to any unintended consequences of the suspension of limitation periods.
Although it may seem that time is passing very quickly, or that responses are not fast enough, know that every institution is actively working to maintain fundamental principles of justice while implementing changes that were not rehearsed or anticipated, let alone funded. The level of coordination is often tremendous and people throughout the system, including lawyers, are doing their best to triage priorities and respond.
The same is true for all employers of lawyers whether in private practice, in-house or government. We know you are working hard to meet changing client expectations, adjust your work practices and keep your teams employed. We want to hear from you about these challenges and provide support where we can.
Advocacy Briefing Notes
PURPOSE: This briefing note summarizes the impact of recommended physical distancing measures (to avoid the spread of virus during the pandemic) on the execution of land conveyancing documents in British Columbia.
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Submissions to Provincial Government
"I write on behalf of the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association in regards to the effect of Covid-19 which has resulted in the closure of British Columbia courthouses and court rooms, and the ability of people to comply with limitation periods."
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"In consultation with the Real Property and Commercial & Real Estate Sections of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch), we respectfully request that the Minister consider a revision to the “Land Title (Transfer Forms) Regulation”, B.C. Reg. 53/90 (the “Regulation”) under the Land Title Act, [RSBC 1996] c. 250 to allow for witnessing of land title forms by videoconference during the COVID-19 pandemic."
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Rebeka Breder and Britta Jensen, Co-Chairs for the Animal Law Section, wrote the the Minister of Health and Provincial Health Officer urging them to deem essential pet-related services as "essential services" during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
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