BC legal professionals move to e-filing.The legal profession in British Columbia British Columbia, province (2001 pop. 3,907,738), 366,255 sq mi (948,600 sq km), including 6,976 sq mi (18,068 sq km) of water surface, W Canada. Geography
is making the move to electronic document filing and exchange with the help of Juricert's system of digital credentials and electronic signature and form creation capabilities in Adobe[R] Acrobat[R] 5.0 software.
Juricert is an incorporated company established by the Law Society of British Columbia The Law Society of British Columbia, established in 1869, is a statutory organization that regulates lawyers in British Columbia. It is charged under the Legal Profession Act as a project of the Federation of Canadian Law Societies. It is dedicated to reducing the risk, improving the certainty, and enhancing the trust and authenticity of professional legal dealings over the Internet. This includes government e-filings, document transfers, business communications and financial transactions between professionals, their clients and third parties. It is also committed to establishing and maintaining a secure national registry of Trusted Digital Credentials in partnership with public regulatory bodies, secure service providers, lawyers, and notaries.
Recognizing the need to develop a secure, unalterable electronic format for the legal profession, Juricert has developed a secure identification and registration system that enables lawyers to send legal documents electronically with binding signatures, confidential transmission, proof of delivery, and assurance on content integrity. These electronic credentials help validate documents based on a database of regulatory bodies, lawyers, and notaries.
Juricert issues digital certificates built with the digital signature feature in Acrobat 5.0. This enables lawyers to digitally sign their documents in a way that can be validated against a database of digital credentials developed in conjunction with the BC Law Society and other regulatory bodies. "We chose Acrobat 5.0 because documents in the Adobe Portable Document Format (file format) Portable Document Format - (PDF) The native file format for Adobe Systems' Acrobat. PDF is the file format for representing documents in a manner that is independent of the original application software, hardware, and operating system used to create those documents. (PDF (Portable Document Format) The de facto standard for document publishing from Adobe. On the Web, there are countless brochures, data sheets, white papers and technical manuals in the PDF format. ) are as good as paper," says Peter Baran, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Juricert.
In the document creation stage, Adobe PDF enables lawyers to develop documents in clear, editable text. These documents can be digitally signed Any message or key that has been encrypted with a digital signature. When a user's public key is digitally signed by a certification authority (CA), it is known as a digital certificate or digital ID. See digital signature and digital certificate. , password protected, and accessed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader The former name of Adobe Reader. See PDF. software. Juricert enables identity information contained in Adobe PDF documents e-signed with a Juricert-issued certificate to be securely checked on-line against the Juricert identity registry. Agencies and other parties relying on these Adobe PDF documents can now validate the signing lawyer's professional status and identity with Juricert.
Juricert is currently working with BC lawyers and other provincial legal associations to attempt to make PDF the standard for legal documents across Canada Across Canada was an afternoon program that formerly aired on The Weather Network. The segment ran from early 1999 until mid 2002. The show ran from 3:00PM ET until 7:00 PM ET. .