The Trial Lawyers Association of BC (TLABC) was founded in 1980 by a small group of civil litigators, legal professionals skilled in representing individuals in personal-injury lawsuits. Back then and as it is today, lawyers seek justice for people who have suffered harm due to the damage-causing wrongful and reckless conduct of others.
Civil Justice in British Columbia
The laws of civil justice are vitally important to society. As a process, civil justice enables people to recover from damages caused by others – be it by other citizens, companies or institutions. Damages can arise due to a breach of duty or some other form of negligence that makes a party, or parties, responsible for harm caused to innocent people.
All of this relates to tort law, whereby a civil lawsuit can be brought forward as a means of seeking justice and compensation for financial damages and other personal injuries suffered as a result of wrongful acts (non-criminal actions or inactions that cause harm to innocent individuals).
An effective system of civil justice aims to:
- Enable citizens to seek fair compensation for their injuries
- Protect innocent people by ensuring their personal legal rights are upheld
- Guarantee access to the courts for all of society’s citizens
- Preserve the legal principles of accountability and equality
- Provide deterrents to negligent behaviour and thereby promote a safer society
The Trial Lawyers Association of BC’s voluntary membership base is 1400 people strong, with legal professionals leading diverse practices throughout the province. Our members represent individuals rather than corporations, governments or other large entities. Practice areas include family, employment and immigration law, wills and estates, criminal defence and personal injury litigation.
TLABC is a not-for-profit society with a proud 35-year history. Members are united with the goals of protecting the rights of individuals, ensuring access to the courts, preserving the jury system and promoting the highest standards in legal education.