Society will appeal court decision in Trinity Western law school matter

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The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society will appeal the recent decision of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in the matter involving Trinity Western University’s proposed law school.

“Council feels that the Society’s public protection mandate requires this matter to be considered by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal,” President Tilly Pillay QC said on March 23, following the Council meeting.

“If left unchallenged, this ruling may significantly restrict the scope of the Society’s authority to uphold and protect the public interest in regulating the legal profession. It may also prohibit the Society from continuing to take on a wider role in the promotion of equality in all aspects of its work, including in the administration of justice.”

After fully debating the options and considering detailed advice from the Society’s legal team, Council instructed the Society to pursue an appeal of Justice Jamie Campbell’s January 28 decision.

“Council believes that the court decision will impact not only the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, but every other law society in Canada, the Federation of Law Societies, and the entire national regime for accrediting and regularly reviewing law school programs in Canada,” said Ms. Pillay.

Prior to its conditional approval on April 25, 2014 of TWU’s application to open a law school, Council held an extensive public consultation process, receiving a wide range of input from the legal profession, the public and Trinity Western officials. For more details on that process, including public meeting transcripts and written submissions, as well as legal briefs from the four-day court hearing last December, visit the Society’s TWU public input page.