Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

December 13, 2008 05:46 ET

TLABC Expands Ad Campaign Against Proposed Changes to Civil Court

Full-Page Ads in Newspapers The Vancouver Sun, 24 hours

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER / BC / NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2008) - The Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC) today expanded its newspaper ad campaign against the BC Government's plan to radically change civil court rules, which would make cases for ordinary British Columbians take longer and cost more. The ads - a full page in Saturday's Vancouver Sun and five full-page ads next week in 24 hours - call on Premier Gordon Campbell and Attorney General Wally Oppal to drop the planned changes and engage in full public consultation before revising the rules.

"Gordon Campbell has a plan that will limit your ability to protect the people you love," reads part of today's TLABC ad. The entire ad can be viewed from the website

"Through our ads and the website, we want to alert the public about the issues of fundamental justice and fairness that are at stake," said TLABC president Robert Holmes. "People understand that proposals which delay and make court cases cost more are a direct attack on our rights to access justice. The fact that these changes will hurt consumers and the injured, and will deprive many of them of their right to a day in court, is a concern for us all."

Holmes added: "One of the most ironic aspects of the government's plan is they have budgeted millions of dollars to train officials on how to implement changes that add substantial up-front costs on all litigants. In these difficult economic times, it is clear the government and ordinary citizens could do better things with that money. Reducing court fees is one simple idea that comes to mind. We at TLABC are renewing our call on the BC Government to back away from its ill-considered plan."

TLABC launched the ad campaign to not only advise the public about this issue, but also encourage citizens to take action directly by contacting their Members of the Legislative Assembly, as well as Mr. Campbell and Mr. Oppal, the latter being the man whose Ministry has been advancing the rule changes and will bring them before the provincial cabinet for approval in 2009. Previous ads were published in six different papers, dating back to September.

The proposed rule changes have also been rejected by members of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Consumers' Association of Canada.
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  • Bentley Doyle, Director of Communications, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
    Primary Phone: 604-682-5343 ext. 302
    Toll-Free: 888-558-5222