November 2003

November 27, 2003

Alternate discrimination and harassment counsel position created
Convocation approved the creation of an Alternate Discrimination and Harassment Counsel (DHC) position. This paves the way for the appointment of an Alternate DHC to provide backup when the permanent DHC is unable to fulfill his or her duties. The DHC program is part of the Law Society's ongoing efforts to enable equity and diversity in the workplace and the profession.

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee Report

Convocation approves submission to Canadian Judicial Council on electronic access to court records
Convocation approved a submission to the Canadian Judicial Council in response to their discussion paper "Open courts, electronic access to court records and privacy". The
Council's discussion paper examines the policy and practical issues raised by the rapid move towards electronic filing and electronic retrieval of court records and docket information. The Law Society's submission endorses the paper's conclusions and points out issues for further consideration.

Task Force on Electronic Access to Court Records Report

Bencher Bradley Wright was appointed to the Government Relations & Public Affairs Committee to replace Bencher Robert Aaron.

Law Society to back pro bono law conference
The Law Society will partner with Pro Bono Law Ontario in staging a conference on pro bono legal services. The two-day conference will feature a series of workshops and prominent Canadian and international speakers. The objective of the conference, to take place in May 2004, is the promotion of partnerships in the provision of pro bono legal services in Ontario.

Access to Justice Committee Report

Papers from access to justice symposium spark interest of UBC press
The high quality of the papers delivered last May at the Law Society's access to justice symposium has sparked the interest of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Press. The papers are planned to be published as part of the UBC Press's series 'Law & Society'.

The symposium, "Access to Justice for a New Century, The Way Forward", presented internationally renowned speakers from Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom and South Africa. Issues discussed and debated included legal aid and models for legal service delivery, the relationship between litigation and social justice, and the broader role of lawyers in society.

Access to Justice Committee Report

Agenda + Minutes


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