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BCCA Announces Results of eFiling Consultation

Written on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The results of the BC Court of Appeal's consultation on improving its electronic filing systems have been made public.

The initial consultation paper was released in February 2014, followed by a consultation of several months. The CA reports that:

"Responses were generally in favour of conducting further electronic filing. With the exception of one response, all were supportive of the Court’s initiative to access trustworthy, accurate and authentic electronic court records while paper is reduced over a number of years. The Court is committed to including these perspectives as we move to develop, within the Court’s means, improvements and expansions in the way the Court receives electronic filings."

The major themes to emerge from the consultation include:

  • E-filing process and CSO e-filing functionality, including why at present the initiative is limited to factums and statements
  • The exclusion of self-represented litigants from mandatory e-filing
  • Education and support 
  • The integrity of court records and concerns about the hybrid (paper/electronic) transitional period
  • Suggested filing timelines
  • Access to the electronic court record, specifically when publication bans are in force

Anonymized submissions are included for each theme. See the 19-page report here.

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LSAP Volunteer Challenges E-Signature Defect and Wins

Written on Monday, October 20th, 2014

There was a great item in the "Your UBC Law" newsletter this month. It describes how Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSAP) volunteer and upper-year student Dave Ferguson uncovered a "wide-ranging systemic defect" related to the status of electronic signatures in oaths used as evidence. He argued the case at provincial court and won.

The issue came to his attention while working on a case on behalf of an LSAP client with fellow volunteer Mikhael Magaril (whom Ferguson credits with the original idea for bringing the challenge).

Of the case, UBC prof Mary Liston said:

"Dave is a smart, articulate and committed student who made a really novel and clever argument that the defect was not merely a technical issue but indeed had the legal effect of voiding the oath itself, and the judge agreed…Dave’s experience shows that even a relatively mundane file can have real justice ramifications and lead to improvements in access to justice. This underscores the importance of the legal representation and services that LSLAP provides to low-income communities in Vancouver."

Read the whole article here: Court Victory for UBC Law Student

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Heads up: Supreme Court Sitting Dates in November & December

Written on Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Via our Industry News service, we want to call attention to a few important details regarding court sitting dates over the next couple of months.

In November:

  • November 10 is a regular sitting day.
  • November 11 is a statutory holiday and the court will be closed.
  • November 12-14, there is a judges and masters conference.*

Over the December/January holidays:

  • December 25-26 and January 1 are statutory holidays and the court will be closed.
  • December 21-24 and 27-31, and January 2, is the winter break for the court.*

*From November 12-14 and during the winter break, the registries will remain open. However, the courts will be sitting only for matters carrying over and emergency applications of less than one hour. Emergency applications must be booked through trial scheduling.

As in past years, BC Law Watch will be posting a holiday hours roundup of other businesses and organizations in mid-December or as dates become known.

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Upcoming Event: Foodie for Thought

Written on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Law intersects with other interests in unexpected ways, and next month, the UBC Faculty of Law will partner with the Sauder Business Club of Vancouver to offer Foodie for Thought, a unique event that showcases how eight law and business grads have made food and drink part of their careers.

The November 5 event is open to all Sauder and Law alumni and the $10 ticket (available online) gives you access to the event plus canapes and a drink at The Imperial.

Law alumni speaking include:

The program will be MC'd by Michael Bain, LLB of Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould.

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Law Society Survey: Are British Columbians' Legal Needs Being Met?

Written on Friday, October 10th, 2014

The Law Society's Legal Services Regulatory Task Force wants to know what BC communities' legal needs are, and whether those needs are being met. They hope this better understanding will help them improve access to legal services in our province, especially for low- and middle-income citizens.

To that end, the task force is running two surveys until the end of October: one for the public, and another for lawyers and other legal service providers such as notaries, community advocates, mediators, arbitrators, etc.

You can learn more about the background of the surveys here, and watch for the results of survey incorporated into the task force's report to the Benchers in December 2014.

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