The B.A. notary offices of Nanaimo and B. C. are closed as the Court of Appeal rules that the provincial government cannot impose restrictions on the use of notaries.
The B. Canada Supreme Court has ruled that the BCA can’t prohibit notaries from notifying the public of death or other events in the province.
The Court of Appeals also rejected the government’s argument that it is in the public interest to make the notary service more accessible.
“The court held that the legislature cannot constitutionally prohibit notary services from being accessible to the public,” said Nanaimos lawyer, Scott Kessels.
The case is set for appeal, and the BCR says it will continue to fight the government on that issue.
The government says it plans to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The federal government says its decision to keep the notaries’ offices closed was a matter of privacy.
The BCR said the decision is inconsistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The ruling by the court on Monday comes as the Bursar’s Office in Ottawa has announced it will be closed until at least May 31, 2019.