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British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI)

The BCLI undertakes law reform projects in the public interest. We bring together academic, expert, and community collaborators to clarify and improve the law, develop innovative, inclusive solutions, and increase access to justice.

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Unnecessary Requirements for Sworn Statements

This project examines requirements imposed by statute or regulation to provide a sworn statement as part of an out of court transaction. The project classifies these requirements and makes recommendations for their ...
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Society Act Reform Project

The Society Act provides for the incorporation, governance, and termination of not-for-profit bodies in British Columbia. Enacted in 1977, the Act has not kept up with developments in the legal landscape and the ...
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Creditor Access to the Assets of a Purpose Trust

This report discusses the ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Re Christian Brothers of Ireland in Canada, which decided that the assets were available to satisfy the claims of creditors, and recommends remedial ...
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Strata Property Law - Phase One

Strata properties form a dynamic part of the real-estate sector in BC and, not surprisingly, the law that governs them has struggled to keep pace. This project identifies broad, long-range legal and policy issues to be ...
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Assisted Living: Past, Present and Future Legal trends in Canada

This project provides a starting point to engage in a national conversation about a critical "middle option" of health / housing in Canada. This middle option, called "supportive housing / assisted living" in this ...
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Q&A on Pension Division at the Breakdown of a Relationship

BCLI is publishing a 4th edition of the Q&A materials to reflect new changes to the Family Law Act in BC, the new Pension Benefits Standards Act coming into force in September 2015, and changes to the common law since ...
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Technology, Remoteness, Disability & Evidence Project

This project will generate practice support material for lawyers and others about technologies to remove or reduce the disadvantages that persons with disabilities or those living in remote areas face when required to ...
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Contribution after Settlement under the Negligence Act

If a plaintiff settles with a defendant in a multi-party dispute, it can complicate a trial with the other parties if a judge rules the settling party owes more than they already payed. This project will examine how the ...
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A Legal Framework for Informal Public Appeal Funds

Unlike fundraising campaigns by organized charities, informal public appeals are often carried out with little planning. Sometimes it is not possible to use the entire fund for the original purpose. How the surplus may ...
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Employment Standards Act Reform Project

BCLI has issued a consultation paper on BC’s Employment Standards Act to seek public comment on tentative recommendations for reforming the Act. Click on “VIEW PDF” to reach the Consultation Paper and an online survey ...
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