Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

February 25, 2009 12:52 ET

Correction: POSTPONED: Ritchie, Consumers' Assn, TLABC News Conference Thursday

POSTPONED: Joint News Conference Originally Set for Thursday with Peter Ritchie QC, Consumers’ Association of Canada & Trial Lawyers Association of BC

CORRECTION from Source - correct copy follows: Original ReleaseID 200902240004 In a previous press release issued by Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia at Feb 24 2009 3:39PM, errors occurred. POSTPONED: The news conference planned for Thursday, February 26 has been postponed due to the fact Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to be in Vancouver, speaking to media, the same day. Notification of a new date will be made as soon as possible. Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER / BRITISH COLUMBIA / MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2009) - POSTPONED: A joint news conference originally scheduled for Thursday, February 26 will not proceed that day. Notification of a new date will be made as soon as possible.

The conference is being organized due to the impact high court fees have on ordinary citizens at present and the pending rule changes that will make cases cost even more and take even longer.

Statements will be provided by:

Peter Ritchie QC, counsel for two victims in the Queen of the North case
Bruce Cran, president of the Consumers' Association of Canada
Robert Holmes, president of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC

WHEN: NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER
WHERE: Trial Lawyers Association of BC (office)
LOCATION: # 1111 - 1100 Melville Street, Vancouver (near Thurlow)

The news conference has been organized for two reasons:

* British Columbia is already the most expensive jurisdiction in Canada for ordinary citizens seeking civil justice and access to the courts after being wronged by reckless acts or other forms of negligence.

* The controversial civil court rule changes planned by the BC government will make civil justice cost even more and take even longer.

NOTE: The planned changes have already been rejected by the Consumers' Association of Canada, Trial Lawyers Association of BC and the members of the Law Society of BC who voted overwhelmingly against the changes, by a 6-to-1 ratio, during the Law Society's annual general meeting in September.

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Contact Information

  • Bentley Doyle, Director of Communications, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
    Primary Phone: 604-682-5343 ext. 302
    Toll-Free: 888-558-5222
    E-mail: bentley@tlabc.org