Justice and Public Safety
August 23, 2019 

Uniform Law Conference of Canada Concludes its Annual Meeting

The Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC), a government-supported organization that works to modernize and harmonize federal, provincial and territorial laws and considers proposals to reform criminal laws, held its 101st Annual Meeting in St. John’s this week.

The ULCC’s Civil Section met to continue its work on e-wills and the Uniform Informal Public Appeals Act, including issues respecting crowdfunding. It updated seven Uniform Acts that implement international conventions and adopted in principle a revised Uniform Testamentary Additions to Trusts Act.

The ULCC’s Criminal Section considered 24 resolutions relating to a wide variety of criminal justice issues, including compelling disclosure of electronic passwords, identity theft, child luring, impaired driving penalties, prosecutions respecting non-disclosure of HIV status, courtroom support for witnesses and the classification of certain offences, such as possessing and uttering counterfeit money.

At a joint session of the Civil and Criminal Sections, a report on civil remedies for the non-consensual distribution of intimate images was presented and discussed. The working group will continue to review this topic and report back at the next Annual meeting.

Over 70 participants attended this year’s meeting, including the current and one former president of the United States Uniform Law Commission.

Founded in 1918, delegates of the ULCC are legal experts appointed by 13 governments. Over the years, the ULCC has recommended the implementation of numerous Uniform Acts and other law reform initiatives. Those recommendations have often been enacted into law by federal, provincial and territorial governments.

“I would like to thank delegates for travelling to Newfoundland and Labrador to attend the conference and recognize the efforts of the organizers and volunteers who made it possible. These meetings offer an opportunity to exchange ideas and identify ways to move forward in tackling some difficult and important issues. As a government, we are always looking at ways to strengthen policy and the legal expertise and recommendations provided by this conference help to achieve that.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General 

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Uniform Law Conference of Canada

La Conférence pour l’harmonisation des lois au Canada conclut sa réunion annuelle

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Danielle Barron
Justice and Public Safety
709-729-5188, 691-2944

Lee Kirkpatrick,
Immediate Past President of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada

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