British Columbia

Trinity Western fight back in court today: Law Society appeals decision

Lawyers for the Law Society of British Columbia will be in the Court of Appeal to fight a B.C. Supreme Court decision issued last December.

The Law Society of B.C. is appealing a court ruling which overturned its 2014 referendum

The legal fight over Trinity Western University's proposed law school will be back in court in B.C. again today. (CBC)

The battle over Trinity Western University's law school is back in court today.

Lawyers for the Law Society of British Columbia will be in the Court of Appeal to fight a B.C. Supreme Court decision issued last December.

In that decision, the judge ruled the Law Society board had acted improperly when it held a 2014 referendum on the status of the proposed law school's graduates.

That referendum had overturned a decision to approve accreditation for TWU graduates.

The referendum was launched by Law Society members who wanted to deny accreditation to the Trinity Western University law school because of a covenant prospective students must sign prohibiting "sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman."

Opponents say the covenant discriminates against homosexuals and a school training members of the legal profession must not impose standards that violate the Charter of Rights.

The university has yet to open the proposed law school, but there have also been legal fights in Ontario and Nova Scotia over the status of the future graduates.

With files from The Canadian Press

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