Raising The Bar In Legal Education

Annual Paralegal & Support Staff Conference 2014 (APSSC 14)

  • 25 Sep 2014
  • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Room 1400 515 West Hastings ST Vancouver BC


  • For active members and mentees of Amici Curiae.
  • This rate applies to those who work in the same firm and who register on the same day.

Registration is closed
Professional Development Course:

Annual Paralegal & Support Staff Conference 2014

Now four years in its existence, it is time to examine how the BCSC Rules of Court are working; and to recommend suggestions to fine-tune both the civil and family rules. Earn 7 hours for CPD with 1 hour for ethics, client care and practice management.

This conference is open to all support staff; not just paralegals.

SFU Harbour Centre
Room 1400 515 West Hastings ST
Vancouver BC

Here is the agenda.

Here is a parlial list of presentations.

BC Civil and Family Rules of Court | Opening keynote speech: Hon. Justice Nathan Smith Supreme Court of BC Chair Rules Revision Committee returns to discuss developments in the Rules.

Are civil court hearing fees unconstitutional?| Darrell Roberts, QC shares his experience with Vilardell v. Dunham (citation omitted), a family law case, the trial judge, Mr. Justice McEwan, held that neither Mrs Vilardell nor the defendant Dunham had to pay $3,640, the total of daily hearing fees charged by the B.C. Government for a two week trial in the B.C. Supreme Court, because the fees were unconstitutional as a wrongful impediment to access to the courts.

The Court of Appeal did not disagree that the hearing fees were unconstitutional, but amended the poverty exemption in B.C.'s Regulations to embrace "those in need" and relieved Mrs. Vilardell from payment, but otherwise allowed the appeal and overturned the trial decision of unconstitutionality,

An appeal was taken to the Supreme Court of Canada by the Trial Lawyer's Association of B.C., receiving standing as a public interest group (Mrs. Vilardell did not appeal) and with their application for leave to appeal being granted, on the ground that amending the poverty exemption in B.C.'s Regulations  was not an answer to the unconstitutionality of the hearing fees. The appeal was argued on April 13, 2014, with judgment reserved and now pending. 

Themis Cup|Debate BIRT parties being examined under Rule 7-6 be allowed to audio record their examination. Click here for the invitation from the SCBC Rules Revision Committee.

Developments in Online Dispute Resolution | Darin Thompson, Legal Officer at BC Civil Resolution Tribunal will provide an update on online dispute resolution as means to resolve disputes in BC. Click here for the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act.

Mistakes:  What you can do to avoid the common traps | 
Ms. Margrett George, deputy executive director, Lawyers' Insurance Fund presents her newest paper on risk management article for lawyers on effective supervision of paralegals and support staff.

Supreme Court of BC Access to Justice Initiatives | Ending keynote speech: Hon. Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of Supreme Court of BC access to justice initiatives.

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