Ministry of Justice

Legislation Updates

The public and interested stakeholders can find detailed information on a number of key pieces of legislation which have been recently introduced or updated. For a comprehensive list of legislation, please click here.

Wills, Estates and Succession Act and New Probate Rules – March 31, 2014

The Wills, Estates and Succession Act came into force on March 31, 2014. The act provides greater certainty for individuals who put their last wishes into writing and simplifies the process for those responsible for distributing an estate. [more]

Electoral Boundaries Commission Act Amendments – Feb. 12, 2014

On Feb. 12, 2014, proposed amendments to the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act were introduced in the B.C. Legislature. [more]

Limitation Act - June 1, 2013

The new Limitation Act came into force June 1, 2013. The new Limitation Act replaces and repeals the former Limitation Act. The new Limitation Act makes the law easier to understand and bring B.C.’s law more in line with other provinces [more]

Justice Reform and Transparency Act– April 4, 2013

The Justice Reform and Transparency Act, 2013, received Royal Assent on March 14, 2013, and some sections came into force April 11, 2013 (see details below). The act is one part of government’s justice reform initiative aimed at making the justice system more efficient and effective.  [more]

Family Law Act – March 18, 2013

On Nov. 23, 2011, a new family law bill was passed in the B.C. legislature. The Family Law Act came fully into force on March 18, 2013, and replaced the Family Relations Act. The new act places the safety and best interests of the child first when families are going through separation and divorce. It also clarifies parental responsibilities and the division of assets if relationships break down, addresses family violence and encourages families to resolve their disputes out of court. [more]

Civil Resolution Tribunal Act - May 31, 2012

British Columbia’s new Civil Resolution Tribunal Act received Royal Assent May 31, 2012. The act establishes a new dispute resolution and adjudicative body, the Civil Resolution Tribunal, which has authority to hear some strata property disputes and, where the parties agree, small claims matters. [more]