Thursday, 19 April 2012

Addition to Master's Jurisdiction

A few weeks ago, several minor amendments were made to the BC Civil Rules, effective on April 25, 2012.  Specifically:
  • Rules 12-2 [TMC] and 15-1 [Fast Track] were amended to allow Masters to conduct trial management conferences; and 
  • Forms 8 [Default Judgment], 35 [Order After Application] and 79 [Order for Indigent Status] were amended to clearly explain that inapplicable paragraphs must be deleted.
On the heels of these amendments, BCSC released Practice Direction 34 - Masters' Jurisdiction, which replaces PD-14 previously dealing with the same subject.  The only difference between the PDs is the removal of paragraph 2(m) which previously prohibited Masters from conducting TMCs.