David Eby, Attorney General, has released a report developed by a civil justice reform working group (CJRWG), exploring options to reduce costs, complexity and delays in motor vehicle accident disputes.
The multi-stakeholder group was formed in fall 2017, with the goal of providing a report to the attorney general by July 3, 2018. Members included representatives from the Ministry of Attorney General, Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC), Civil Resolution Tribunal and members of the private bar who practise motor vehicle litigation.
As the financial situation at ICBC reflects the mounting pressure that the Crown corporation is under from the rising number of claims, government is taking action to improve efficiency and reduce costs in motor vehicle litigation. In its report, the CJRWG outlines potential options to encourage earlier settlement and the more proportionate use of expert evidence, among other things.
After receiving the CJRWG’s report, the ministry has taken time to conduct additional analysis in order to determine next steps and has retained an external advisor to provide more detailed recommendations on potential reforms. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.
The full report can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/about-bcs-justice-system/justice-reform-initiatives/resources