Miscellaneous Statutes Amendments (Signed Statements) Act, 2016

On February 10, 2016 the Ministry of Justice introduced a bill to amend numerous statutes from across government to reduce the unnecessary use of sworn statements in many non-court related matters. If passed, these amendments will:

  • Modernize and simplify the law
  • Improve access to justice
  • Reduce cost, delay and inconvenience to the citizens of British Columbia

The bill would replace the requirement of sworn statements with signed statements where ministries and program areas have determined that a signed statement is adequate. In statutes in which there was not an existing offence provision that adequately addressed providing false information, a new offence provision has been added. 

The ministry would like to thank the British Columbia Law Institute for the work that they did on their 2006 report recommending elimination of sworn statements in most non-court matters. This report was the impetus for this project and was a valuable starting point for our consultations and analysis.

For more information, see this news release and the list of acts (PDF) which would be impacted by these changes.