Uniform Law Conference concludes its 90th annual meeting today

    QUEBEC, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Strategic lawsuits against public
participation (SLAPP), assisted human reproduction and warrants for taking DNA
samples from unconscious victims were among the issues discussed this week at
the 90th annual meeting of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, held in
Quebec City.
    "Quebec City has been an excellent location for our annual meeting," said
Conference President Kathryn Sabo. "It has served to highlight the bilingual
and bijural nature of the work our Conference and has allowed our delegates
from the rest of Canada and guests from the international community to
experience the warm hospitality of our hosts as Quebec celebrates its
400th anniversary."
    During the week, the Conference completed its work on the Uniform
Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations Act and corresponding amendments to the
Civil Code of Quebec that are now recommended to governments for adoption.
    The Civil Section agreed to undertake preparation of a uniform act to
address SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation) and approved
continuation of its current work including fraudulent conveyances and
preferences, personal property security and implementation of the UN
Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit.
    The Section discussed proposals for new work in several areas, including
trusts reform, wills and successions, electronic communications in
international contracts and discovery rules for electronic documents.
    In the Criminal Section, the Conference considered more than
35 resolutions recommending amendments to the Criminal Code and related
statutes, and 2 discussion papers - one on fines in lieu of forfeiture and the
other on criminal interest rates.
    Joint sessions of the Criminal and Civil Sections dealt with the
collateral use of crown brief disclosure, malicious prosecutions and identity
    The Conference sits in two sections, criminal and civil. The Criminal
Section brings together policy makers and prosecutors from federal, provincial
and territorial governments with defence counsel and judges to consider
amendments to the Criminal Code and related statutes. The Civil Section
assembles government policy lawyers, private lawyers and law reformers to
consider areas in which federal, provincial and territorial laws would benefit
from harmonization.
    Many of the Conference's uniform acts and recommendations for criminal
law reform have been adopted into legislation across Canada.
    As part of its efforts to coordinate harmonization of law with the work
of similar bodies in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, the
Conference heard presentations from invited guests, Justice Martha L.W.
Walters, President of the United States Uniform Law Commission, Dr. Jorge
Sanchez Cordero, Director of the Mexican Uniform Law Centre, and Assistant
Secretary Amanda Davies representing the Standing Committee of Attorneys
General of Australia and New Zealand.
    The Uniform Law Conference is a volunteer organization consisting of
commissioners from all areas of the legal community including private and
corporate practice, criminal defence, academia, government and the judiciary.
Approximately 100 commissioners attended this year's meeting.
    More information on the history and work of the Conference is available
online at: www.ulcc.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Kathryn Sabo, President, Uniform Law Conference
of Canada, (613) 957-4967

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