Civil Litigation

Pedrozo v. Hope, 2020 BCSC 1578

In this interesting case, the former spouse of the deceased sued his estate for breach of a family law separation agreement made between the parties while the deceased was alive.The female claimant and the deceased had been married for 9 years before separating. The deceased was significantly older than the claimant. The claimant had a […]

Territorial Competence of BC Courts to Hear a Case

The Court Jurisdiction and Proceedings Transfer Act, S.B.C. 2003, chapter 28 is a provincial statute that sets out the “territorial competence” of BC courts. Essentially, territorial competence has to do with whether a BC court or a court in another jurisdiction (be it another province, country, or subdivision of another country) is best suited to […]

Vexatious Litigants

As with any institutional process, the court system can be abused by individuals to frustrate and harass innocent parties for nefarious purposes. This generally happens when such individuals regularly sue other on baseless grounds. Fortunately, those on the receiving end of such lawsuits have a remedy.Section 18 of the Supreme Court Act empowers the court […]

Security for Costs

As we’ve discussed before, costs are an amount of money meant to compensate a party for the time and expense of having to participate in a Supreme Court case. Costs are generally paid to the successful litigant by the unsuccessful one.While costs are not typically payable until the end of a lawsuit, in some cases […]

Civil Jury Trials Suspended for 1 Year

Effective September 28, 2020, all civil jury trials will be suspended for one year. The Ministry of the Attorney General announced this measure in response to the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19.Civil jury trials had previously been suspended due to COVID-19. This announcement extends that suspension to October 4, 2021.As a result, any civil lawsuit, […]

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