Regardless of experience level, civil litigators in BC should consider attending this upcoming CLE course. Civil Litigation in BC Symposium: Rules, Culture and Change will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday, November 19th (a live webinar will also be available). From the course description:
"It has been more than three years since British Columbia adopted a new set of Supreme Court Rules to govern civil litigation—rules aimed to make civil justice more efficient and affordable. It would be fair to say that the 2010 Civil Rules have only partially realized the lofty goals that were set out for them.
This course will review the jurisprudence that has developed under the 2010 Rules to more deeply understand whether change for the better has been realized, and the factors that have shaped, and continue to shape, the evolution of the Rules in practice. We will examine the theoretical and practical challenges of improving civil justice and what this entails for the bench and bar going forward.
At this course you will learn about...
- the impact of the 2010 Rules on civil litigation practice
- litigation and its evolving status relative to other dispute resolution mechanisms
- the lessons of other jurisdictions that have sought improved civil justice
- the current front line practice issues and practice pointers that the 2010 Rules have given rise to
- the impact of technology on litigation practice and how to prepare for coming changes"
Among the distinguished course speakers: The Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada, who will speak on "Why is Civil Justice so Hard to Fix?"; the Honourable Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of the Supreme Court of BC; and lawyer Geoffrey Cowper, who authored the criminal justice system reform report in 2012.
Registration is $610/$335 for students (includes lunch), or $585 for the live webinar. The webinar will be rebroadcast in March 2015. The course qualifies for 6 Law Society-approved CPD hours.
For more details, including registration, agenda and full speaker list, visit the course homepage at CLE.