Practice Before the Registrar

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Know what to expect at your registrar’s hearing

This publication is essential for: anyone requiring guidance for appearing before a master or registrar in BC.

Faced with a hearing before a Supreme Court or Court of Appeal registrar and don’t know what to do?  Turn to Practice Before the Registrar for guidance from the Registrars themselves and from experienced practitioners. Learn when and why to seek a hearing, the procedure to get your hearing, what happens at the hearing, and steps to take after the hearing. With clear discussions of the law and procedure and 80 sample forms, this resource will help you smoothly navigate the many types of hearings before the registrar, from costs assessments, family law references, bankruptcy matters, and settling orders to reviews and appeals.

With this resource, you will be able to:

  • understand when to go before a registrar in your client’s case
  • efficiently prepare for a registrar’s hearing
  • confidently advocate at a registrar’s hearing with knowledge of practice and procedure

Highlights of the 2017 update

Discussion of:

  • information, procedures, and documentation required to pass accounts as a committee, including remuneration and costs assessment
  • new case law on:
    • applications heard by registrars in bankruptcy other than bankruptcy hearings
    • recoverable disbursements (expert witness fees, trial consultant costs, surveillance costs, and litigation insurance)
    • reviews of lawyers’ accounts for practice supervision
    • evidence of agreements to settle lawyers’ bills and enforcement
    • lawyer’s onus to prove the reasonableness of a bill
    • payment of a debt in installments to release garnishment after judgment
    • settling transcripts at the Court of Appeal
  • potential amendments to Part 25 (Estates) of the Supreme Court Civil Rules

Editorial Board 

Registrar Stuart Cameron — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
District Registrar Scott A. Nielsen — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Gregory T. Palm — Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corporation, Surrey
Kathryn S. Sainty, QC — Sainty Law, New Westminster

Authors

Registrar Stuart Cameron — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
John C. Fiddick — Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation, Vancouver
District Registrar Scott A. Nielsen — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Registrar Timothy Outerbridge — Court of Appeal for BC, Vancouver
Gregory T. Palm — Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corporation, Surrey
Kathryn S. Sainty, QC — Sainty Law, New Westminster
Katherine M. Wellburn — Murray Jamieson, Vancouver

1.  General Advice on Practice Before the Registrar

2. Assessment of Costs Before the Registrar

3.  Legal Profession Act Reviews Before the Registrar

4.  Family Law References to the Registrar

5.  Subpoena to Debtor Hearings Before the Registrar

6.  Court Order Enforcement Act Applications Before the Registrar

7.  Passing Accounts Before the Registrar

8.  Settling Orders Before the Registrar

9.  Practice Before the Court of Appeal Registrar

10. Reviews of Assessments and Appeals of Reviews

11. Bankruptcy Matters Before the Registrar

As Registrar, the most common saying I hear is ‘I’ve never done [a registrar’s hearing] before’. The manual puts you in the position of knowing what needs to be done. Essentially, [Practice Before the Registrar] provides a measure of experience in a single volume.

Scott Nielsen, District Registrar, Supreme Court of BC