Law Society welcomes legislative amendments



    VANCOUVER, April 25 /CNW/ - The Law Society of BC applauds Attorney
General Wally Oppal, QC, for announcing four amendments to the Legal
Profession Act in the Legislature today.
    "These amendments will protect the public interest by enhancing the Law
Society's ability to regulate the legal profession," said society President,
Anna Fung, QC.
    The amendments are the result of an ongoing collaboration between the
government and the Law Society to further enhance public confidence in the
justice system.
    "The Attorney General has identified, as one of his primary goals, the
need to improve public confidence in the justice system. The Law Society
shares this goal and we look forward to a continuing our collaboration with
the government to achieve the goal," Ms. Fung added.
    The four amendments will make the Law Society's regulatory programs more
effective by allowing the Society to:

    
    -   be appointed as a custodian of a lawyer's practice if the lawyer is
        unable to continue practising;

    -   impose remedial programs on lawyers where necessary and appropriate;

    -   make appeals of discipline decisions more efficient; and

    -   obtain evidence outside BC for its regulatory hearings.
    

    The Law Society of BC was created in 1869. Through the Legal Profession
Act, the Society is mandated to uphold and protect the public interest in the
administration of justice by setting and enforcing standards for the conduct,
competence and discipline of lawyers in BC. The Law Society is an independent
organization funded by dues paid by all BC lawyers and does not receive
funding from any level of government.





For further information:

For further information: Law Society of BC media contact: Brad Daisley,
Public Affairs Manager, Office: (604) 443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in
BC, Email: bdaisley@lsbc.org, www.lawsociety.bc.ca

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