New Family Law Pilot Project at Supreme Court

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The Vancouver and New Westminster locations of the British Columbia Supreme Court announced on July 14, 2014 that a new Family Law Pilot Project will start on September 2, 2014.  The project will involve appointing a roster of judges that will be assigned to preside exclusively over family law applications and trials for a period of approximately six months each.  The project is slated to continue for two years, and will be supported by dedicated legal counsel who will provide research support to our BC Supreme Court Justices.  This is great news for family lawyers as the area of family law can be quite different from civil litigation, and many justices have no experience practicing family law when they take up their spot on the bench.  The pilot project is perfectly timed to address the uncertainty surrounding the new Family Law Act and some of the trickier questions that have emerged from its interpretation.