Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

June 17, 2008 19:25 ET

Lawsuits in BC will Take Longer and Cost More

Provincial Association and Lawyers throughout BC Take Urgent Action to Oppose Civil Court Rule Changes

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER/BRITISH COLUMBIA, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - The Trial Lawyers Association of BC (TLABC) has called an emergency meeting of its membership due to dire and widespread concerns that civil justice will soon take longer and cost more throughout the province.


When: Thursday, June 26 - from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
Where: Marriott Pinnacle Hotel - downtown Vancouver
Address: 1128 West Hastings Street

"We called an emergency meeting of our membership because the concerns are so serious," explained TLABC president Stephen Frame. "Individuals will have a far harder time getting justice if the proposed rules are approved by the Provincial Cabinet. That is our primary concern. Worse yet, justice will cost more and take longer because of the roadblocks built into the proposed rules," he added. "To liken this to a ride aboard SkyTrain or a trip with BC Ferries, the province is heading toward a system that slows things down so that the travel time is twice as long, but the fare costs twice as much."

Mr. Frame and other association representatives were at the Parliament Buildings late last month as part of a series of efforts to oppose the planned changes to the rules of civil court. On June 26, he will address the TLABC membership at its key meeting in Vancouver, an event aimed at having the current plans discarded permanently because they will cause lawsuits to take longer, cost more and - along the way - unfairly limit the ability of citizens to have access to the courthouses of British Columbia.

TLABC has members in every part of the province. The association is doing everything it can to oppose the changes being pushed by the provincial government, through its BC Justice Review Task Force. "Our members want to protect the rights of citizens, not restrict them," said Mr. Frame. "As lawyers, we stand up for individuals. We want our province's elected officials to do the same."

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