Next week marks the 95th annual meeting of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada in. Founded in 1918, the ULCC is Canada’s oldest and longest serving law reform agency. As set out in its Constitution:
The mandate of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada is to facilitate and promote the harmonization of laws throughout Canada by developing, at the request of the constituent jurisdictions, Uniform Acts, Model Acts, Statements of Legal Principles and other documents deemed appropriate to meet the demands that are presented to it by the constituent jurisdictions from time to time.
The constituent jurisdictions are all provinces and territories and the federal government. Each jurisdiction determines the number of delegates it will send and which delegate will be the official jurisdictional representative for formal voting purposes. As noted on the ULCC’s policy statement delegates are selected to represent a “variety of government lawyers, including legal advisors, legislative policy advisors, legislative drafters and public prosecutors, as well as law reformers, members of the private Bar, both civil and criminal, and members of the academic community.” Participation by judges is also encouraged. In addition, the ULCC is attended by representatives of the American Uniform Law Commission and the Mexican Centre for Uniform Law.
The ULCC meets in two sections – civil & criminal. The work of the sections and various committees is supported by the drafting section. Areas of law under review by the civil section this year include:
- Interprovincial Subpoena Act
- Model Election Amendment Act
- Uniform Commercial Tenancies Act
- Uniform Interpretation Act
- Uniform Vital Statistics Act
- Uniform Wills Act
The civil section will also be discussing the implementation of several international conventions and treaties:
- Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities held with an Intermediary
- Hague Convention on Service Abroad of Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters
- UN Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit
- Uniform Drafting Conventions for the Implementation of International Conventions
- Uniform International Commercial Arbitration Act
Areas of law under review by the criminal section this year include:
- Contradictory Evidence – Recanted Statements
- Mandatory Minimum
- Penalty Exemptions
- Modernisation of Notice Provisions
- Search Warrants
The civil and criminal sections will also meet jointly to discuss the law of missing persons. Most of the topics are likely to result in uniform or model acts that can then be considered for implementation by the constituent jurisdictions. To date the ULCC has adopted over 120 uniform or model acts. Their implementation status is recorded in the ULCC website.
The ULCC’s French website can be accessed in French at http://www.ulcc.ca/fr/accueil .