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BC Administrative Law Practice Manual--ONLINE ACCESS

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Strategies for effective administrative law advocacy

This publication is essential for: any lawyer, decision-maker, or judge looking for guidance on issues arising from federal and British Columbia administrative law decision-making.

Current to: January 1, 2017

Administrative law is complex and can sometimes be difficult to practice. The BC Administrative Law Practice Manual provides you with a unified and comprehensive framework to navigating administrative law practice and procedure in BC. Covering decision-makers and courts at both federal and provincial levels, you will find advice on fundamental administrative law concepts, preparing for and conducting your case, the role of evidence and parties, and the process for reviews and appeals. For ease of reference, this manual features a curated bibliography of other useful administrative law resources and a list of decision-maker websites.

With this resource, you will be able to:

  • understand what makes for effective administrative law advocacy and drafting

  • more confidently handle administrative decision-makers and unrepresented parties

  • avoid common administrative law practice pitfalls

Subscribe to be administrative law adept today! 

Highlights of the 2015 Update

  • standard of review applicable to administrative officers; entitlement of tribunals to deference in interpreting home statute: developing Supreme Court of Canada jurisprudence

  • powers of tribunals to reconsider their own decisions

  • which decisions are reviewable in cases where there has been reconsideration

  • First Nations as administrative law decision-makers (“federal board, commission or other tribunal”; applicability of Judical Review Procedure Act)

  • imminent tribunal “clustering” in British Columbia; effect on impartiality and independence

  • prospective asynchronous, electronic tribunal hearings in British Columbia

  • new annotated sample petitions for judicial review in Supreme Court of British Columbia

  • amended Federal Courts Practice Directions

  • new appellate jurisprudence on certiorari (role in criminal judicial review; relationship to habeas corpus)

  • case law on bases to seek leave to intervene at BCCA

  • appellate case law on the record at judicial review proceedings

  • appellate case law on the scope of a tribunal’s exclusive jurisdiction

  • appellate case law on latitude for tribunal to defend merits of its decision where there is no other respondent on judicial review

CLEBC Legal Editor
L. Joy Tataryn

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