Advancing the Practice of Law in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada


  • Monday, October 17, 2022 9:42 PM | Anonymous
    We are excited to announce that our flagship annual event: the SBA Bench & Bar Dinner, returns Nov 3/22 after a 3 year hiatus!  Details may be found here.
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 5:57 PM | Anonymous

    The SBA has set up a Discord forum where members may post on a variety of topics and even join voice channels to communicate live.  We envision this online community to be a place for members to network and share. There are areas where members may post potential job offers, items for sale, suggest new CPD topics or discuss local and legal issues. You will need to set up a Discord account but the service is free.

    Join SBA Discord

  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:53 PM | Anonymous

         President's Report 2021 - Chelsea Dubeau

    First off, I wish to express my appreciation to our members as we continue to navigate and adapt to our new normal. 

    We have transitioned to virtual meetings and events, including our Lunch & Learn featuring the Honourable Judge K. Ferriss discussing the transition to the new Provincial Court Family Rules, and the first session of the Surrey “Inns of Court" mentoring program focussing on effective cross-examination techniques. The success of this program is the result of the collaboration and hard work of a dedicated committee including both judges and lawyers, and we look forward to future sessions ranging in topics addressing all areas of practice. 

    The SBA remains committed to supporting charities and local causes. This year we were able to provide donations and support to Access Pro Bono, as well as assist new lawyers building their practices in Surrey by offering Criminal Codes, White Books, and other resources at no cost. We continue to appreciate the donations and support from our members. 

    The Barrister’s Lounge continues to be operational, providing court users’ access to copying and caffeine. We appreciate the cooperation of our members with the Surrey Court COVID protocols. 

    Our membership has steadily increased over the last few years, and we look forward to meeting with each other in person again. 2022 looks to be the return of the Bench & Bar Dinner, Westminster County Golf Tournament, and of course, our infamous seasonal Minglers. 

    To the departing executive directors, it was a pleasure to work with you and I offer my sincere thanks for your contributions to the legal community in Surrey. It has been my pleasure to serve as president of the Surrey Bar Association over the past year. 

    Chelsea Dubeau, SBA President 2020-2021

  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5:27 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that the Inns of Court for Surrey has officially launched with our first session to be held on April 29, 2021.  For further details click here.

    The Surrey Inns of Court was established in the long standing tradition of our profession to foster lasting mentoring relationships between newer calls to the Bar and experienced counsel and judges.  

    Ultimately, our plan is to hold meetings in more informal social settings. However, given the current restrictions as a result of COVID19, we will hold our sessions online for the time being. 

    For more information, contact Cheryl Stanley or Gordon Kabanuk

  • Monday, November 09, 2020 8:29 PM | Anonymous

    BC Provincial Court Family Process 

    Early Resolution & Case Management Registries 

    Implementing in Surrey and Victoria on Dec. 7, 2020 

    The Provincial Court of BC and Ministry of Attorney General have been working together to modernize the Provincial Court Family Rules. 

    On December 7, 2020, the Early Resolution and Case Management process model is being implemented in Surrey and Victoria after being prototyped in Victoria since 2019. The early resolution and case management process is designed to encourage parties to resolve family disputes by agreement or to help them obtain just and timely decisions in Provincial Court. The amended rules BC Reg. 525/2020 will apply to matters under the Family Law Act (FLA) in these two designated registries. 

    The early resolution and case management process introduces early resolution requirements for family law matters proceeding through Provincial Court. In the designated registries, people who want to resolve family law matters (parenting arrangements, child support, spousal support, contact with a child or guardianship of a child) will use this process. 

    Where appropriate, and not otherwise exempted, the process requires a party to meet early resolution requirements before filing an application about a family law matter. The requirements include: filing a notice to resolve and providing a copy of the notice to the other party, participating in a needs assessment with a family justice counsellor, completing a parenting education program and, if appropriate, participating in at least one consensual dispute resolution session. All other parties must also have met the early resolution requirements before filing a reply to an application about a family law matter. 

    If the parties have issues that can’t be resolved consensually with the help of a family justice counsellor or child support officer, a privately hired family mediator or a collaborative family law practitioner, they can ask the court for help by filing and serving an application about a family law matter. 

    The new process also introduces the family management conference, which is an informal, time-limited appearance scheduled before a judge, replacing the traditional first appearance. During this conference, the judge will further assist people to identify issues to be resolved and explore options for resolution. The judge may make certain interim orders, orders with the parties’ consent, case management orders to assist the parties in getting disclosure or otherwise assist with resolution and/or readiness for a hearing or trial, as well as conduct orders to manage interactions between the parties. 

    Note that the amended rules include a process for seeking orders related to protection orders under the FLA and priority parenting matters (which are defined in Rule 5.01) on a time sensitive basis. 

  • Sunday, October 11, 2020 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    Due to technical difficulties, the Surrey Bar Association Annual General Meeting that was originally set for Tuesday, September 8, 2020  has been rescheduled  to take place on November 4, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m. via MS Teams.  To register click here.

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:15 PM | Anonymous

    President’s Report - Cheryl Stanley

    Surrey Bar Association - September 2020 

    This has perhaps been the most eventful year in the history of the association. We began 2019 with the usual planned events. The 3rd Annual WCBA Golf Tournament was an unrivaled success. The Annual Bench and Bar Dinner was a wonderful evening, celebrating (and roasting) new judicial appointments and enjoying each other’s company. In addition, we also enjoyed a number of informal social events providing an opportunity to meet new members. 

    In November, Adam Jantunen revived the Impaired Driving Update evening which was greatly enjoyed (perhaps a little too much)! We also reintroduced the Christmas Coffee event at the Surrey Courthouse to an overwhelming response. Both of these events will continue to be firm fixtures in our calendar. Other CPD events were available during the year. 

    We are acutely aware of the need to support those affected by mental health issues as they navigate the court process. To that end, we remain involved with the progress of the Surrey Mental Health Committee that Gord Kabanuk co-chairs with Judge Stark to assist in ensuring its success. 

    Our membership continues to grow in strength, and we have also opened up the criteria to include judges. We have garnered the support of the judges over the years and their addition to our membership has only enhanced the association. 

    We have continued to support relevant non-profit organizations. Most recently, we supported the Pro Bono Going Public virtual event that was held this month. 

    An additional focus for the year has been to assist young lawyers in their practice. To that end we called for the previous year’s Criminal Codes and White Books etc. that were no longer needed, to place in the hands of junior lawyers at no cost. This program has been well received and it is hoped to continue and expand the program to include other items that could assist lawyers building their practice. 

    In the same vein, we have set up a committee including both judges and lawyers to organize a Surrey Inns of Court. I currently co-chair this program with Judge Gill and it was anticipated that our first course would be offered this month. That brings me to the reason I described this year as our most eventful. 

    With COVID 19, many of the events planned for 2020 have been postponed. There was no 4th Golf Tournament or Annual Bench and Bar Dinner, and social events have had to be deferred to another time. 

    We are mindful that it is not known when we will be able to gather in person. In November, we will be launching a series of virtual lunchtime events. They will include speakers in all disciplines and there will be opportunity for informal discussions, with no need to change out of your pyjamas! Keep an eye out for the email. 

    The Surrey Bar Association remains committed to meeting the unique challenges and opportunities that COVID 19 presents. Please take care of yourselves and see you soon!

    Cheryl D.A. Stanley 

  • Friday, May 29, 2020 11:12 PM | Anonymous

    The local judiciary, senior counsel and the SBA are partnering to carry forward tradition and develop a local mentorship program for new(ish) lawyers.  We were planning on launching this in the Fall, however we continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and will likely be commencing our first sessions in January, 2021.  If you are a newer call and are interested participating please contact Cheryl Stanley or Gordon Kabanuk.

  • Friday, May 29, 2020 1:39 PM | Anonymous
  • Monday, March 09, 2020 11:13 PM | Anonymous

    To assist junior lawyers starting out in practice, the SBA is collecting used materials (ie Criminal Codes/ Civil White Books) and gently used rolling brief cases to provide the same at no cost to those who are within the first 3 years of practice.  If you have any of these materials or are looking to give your brief case a new home or are interested in obtaining any of these, please contact  Cheryl Stanley. 

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