Canadian Bar Association disappointed in Alberta Government's decision to appeal insurance cap ruling

    EDMONTON, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The Canadian Bar Association is disappointed
with the Alberta Government's decision to appeal Associate Chief Justice Neil
Wittmann's ruling against provincial legislation capping injury compensation.
    "This cap denies the right of Albertans to access justice," said Tom W.
Achtymichuk of the Canadian Bar Association. "We strongly believe that it is
every Albertan's right to access the justice system to determine fair
compensation for their injuries. In our view, the public would be better
served if the government created opportunities to work with the CBA and others
to develop a system that is fair and that does not discriminate against a
group of injured people. We hope that in appealing, the government is not
closing the door on those opportunities."
    Compensation for pain and suffering from many injuries resulting from
automobile accidents is currently capped at $4,000. However, Justice
Wittmann's ruling found this cap in violation of the Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms.

    About the Canadian Bar Association

    The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is dedicated to improving the law and
the administration of justice. More information on the CBA is available at
    The Canadian Bar Association is a national association which supports
access to justice, including access to independent courts to decide fair
compensation for every injured person.

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For further information: Tanja McMorris, NATIONAL Public Relations, Ph:
(403) 531-0331, Cell: (403) 703-9546

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