Update September 19, 2016

The claim deadline has now been reached for the Woodlands Class Action.

The Class Action Team at the Public Guardian and Trustee will be finalizing arrangements with Claim recipients over the next few months.

 For more information about the Woodlands Class Action, please visit Klein Lawyers website at http://www.callkleinlawyers.com/class-actions/current/woodlands/ or you may wish to contact them directly at 604.874.7171.

Update July 2015

An extension with respect to the claims deadline has been granted to September 19, 2016. This is the final deadline for all claims related to the Woodlands Class Action.

For more information about the Woodlands Class Action, please visit Klein Lawyers’ website at http://www.callkleinlawyers.com/class-actions/current/woodlands/ or you may wish to contact them directly at 604.874.7171.  The Woodlands project team is also available to answer your questions and can be reached by phone at 604.660.4546 

You can also contact the PGT toll free through Service BC. After dialing the appropriate number for your area (below), request to be transferred to the PGT (regular office hours 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Mon-Fri).

Vancouver
604.660.2421
Victoria
250.387.6121
Elsewhere in BC
1.800.663.7867

 

Update July 2014

In July 2014, a decision was made by the court that estate claims are not permitted under the Settlement.  You can review the decision here​.

For more information about the Woodlands Class Action, please visit Klein Lawyers’ website at http://www.callkleinlawyers.com/class-actions/current/woodlands/​ or you may wish to contact them directly at 604.874.7171.  The Woodlands project team is also available to answer your questions and can be reached at woodlands@trustee.bc.ca or by phone at 604.660.4412.  


You can also contact the PGT toll free through Service BC. After dialing the appropriate number for your area (below), request to be transferred to the PGT (regular office hours 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Mon-Fri).

Vancouver
604.660.2421
Victoria
250.387.6121
Elsewhere in BC
1.800.663.7867

 

Update December 19, 2013

An interim extension with respect to filing claims has been granted to the end of March 2014, at which time the parties will meet again to discuss the progress of claims being filed.  A further update will be provided following this hearing. 

For more information about the Woodlands Class Action, please visit Klein Lyons’ website at www.kleinlyons.com or you may wish to contact them directly at 604.714.6159.  The Woodlands project team is also available to answer your questions and can be reached at woodlands@trustee.bc.ca or by phone at 604.660.5458. 

You can also contact the PGT toll free through Service BC. After dialing the appropriate number for your area (below), request to be transferred to the PGT (regular office hours 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Mon-Fri).

Vancouver
604.660.2421
Victoria
250.387.6121
Elsewhere in BC
1.800.663.7867

Update October 3, 2012

On August 2, 2012 a Case Management Conference was held before Chief Justice Bauman. Klein Lyons brought an application to extend the claims deadline to September 19, 2013. The defendant sought an order that Klein Lyons file 100 claims by September 19, 2012 and the remainder no later than March 19, 2013.

In his Reasons for Judgment, Chief Justice Bauman acknowledged the claims process is much more complicated and time consuming than both parties originally conceived. Chief Justice Bauman granted Klein Lyons' request to extend the claims deadline to September 19, 2013. He asked the defendant do what they can to expedite the claims process going forward and Klein Lyons to continue to dedicate resources to this process, all in order to hopefully expedite the preparation and resolution of the remaining claims.

If you would like more information about the Woodlands Class Action or have any questions, you may review Klein Lyons' website at www.kleinlyons.com or contact them at 604.714.6159.

The Woodlands Project Team is also available to assist class members and can be reached by at woodlands@trustee.bc.ca or by phone: 604.660.5458.

You can also contact the PGT toll free through Service BC. After dialing the appropriate number for your area (below), request to be transferred to the PGT (regular office hours 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Mon-Fri).
  

Vancouver
604.660.2421
Victoria
250.387.6121
Elsewhere in BC
1.800.663.7867

Updated June 29, 2012

Recently, the Adjudicators made decisions on the initial seven individual claims for compensation that were submitted for review.  These decisions will set the precedent for how remaining cases will be resolved.  Three of the cases were accepted by the Adjudicators, and compensation was awarded to the respective class members.  The remaining four cases were rejected by the Adjudicators, and compensation was therefore denied. 

A Management Conference has been scheduled for August 2, 2012 before Chief Justice Bauman to set a schedule for the remaining cases to be decided.  

If you would like more information about the Woodlands Class Action or have any questions, you may review Klein Lyons’ website at www.kleinlyons.com or contact them at 604.714.6159.  The Woodlands Project Team is also available to answer your questions.  We can be reached by email at woodlands@trustee.bc.ca or by phone:  604.660.5458

You can also contact the PGT toll free by calling Service BC at one of the numbers below and asking to be connected to the Public Guardian and Trustee in Vancouver: 

Vancouver
604.660.2421
Victoria
250.387.6121
Elsewhere in BC
1.800.663.7867

 

WOODLANDS CLASS ACTION - Information and Frequently Asked Questions

WOODLANDS SCHOOL

On November 4, 2011, the Supreme Court of British Columbia released a decision on an application for extension of the September 19, 2011 claim deadline for those individuals seeking to be included in the Woodlands Class Action. The decision from the Supreme Court is to allow an extension of the claims deadline until September 19, 2012.

The extension applies to two groups of potential claimants: those who have retained Klein Lyons as class counsel, and those who have expressed interest/are in the process of retaining Klein Lyons as class counsel.

The PGT will continue to look for potential class members. If you believe you are a class member or if you know someone who may be a class member but who has not yet initiated the claims process, please contact the Woodlands Project by email at : woodlands@trustee.bc.ca or by phone at: 604.660.5458

On July 7, 2010, the Supreme Court of British Columbia approved a settlement on the common issues class action suit for former residents of the Woodlands School. With the settlement approved, individual class members will be able to advance claims for compensation to the claims adjudicators established in the settlement. For those class members who establish claims, compensation available ranges from $3,000 to $150,000 depending on the nature, frequency and severity of the incidents of abuse and the damage suffered by the former resident.

The PGT will be proceeding with advancing claims on behalf of each of its clients who is a potential class member, in accordance with the process established in the settlement.

Notices advising of the settlement are appearing in newspapers and letters will be sent to identified class members or their legal representatives.

Persons who are eligible to be part of the class action are as follows:

All persons resident in British Columbia, who were confined to the provincial institution more recently known as Woodlands School and who, while so confined, suffered physical, sexual, emotional and/or psychological abuse and have suffered injury, loss or damage as a result thereof.

The class excludes individuals who were former residents of Woodlands and who suffered abuse at the school prior to August 1, 1974.

IF YOU THINK THIS APPLIES TO YOU

Klein Lyons is the law firm that will be advancing individual claims for compensation on behalf of class members. If you think you have a claim or want more information, check the Klein Lyons website at:www.kleinlyons.com, or telephone them at 604.714.6159.

If the PGT is your legal representative, your Case Manager and PGT lawyers will be managing any potential claim you may have for compensation. You can contact your Case Manager directly for information and advice or call our office and ask for your Case Manager.

If you have other representation, contact the BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC) to file your claim.  They can be reached at:

Woodlands Class Action Registry 

#346 - 1275 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC  V6H 1A6
Tel: 604.676.1690 Fax: 604.676.1692
www.bcicac.com

You may also contact the Woodlands project team directly at: 604.660.5458 and they will be able to assist you further.

BACKGROUND

Click to ENLARGEThe Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) has been involved for a number of years in seeking redress for our clients’ experiences at Woodlands. Our activity has taken many forms over the years including the Woodlands Project which is described in some detail later on this page.

A number of years ago, a class action was certified seeking compensation for physical and sexual abuse suffered by the residents of Woodlands. The PGT is Committee of Estate for approximately 200 potential class members who are former residents of Woodlands. The class counsel is David Klein with the Vancouver law firm of Klein Lyons. The defendant is the provincial government. The PGT is not directly a party, but the Supreme Court of BC granted the PGT a special status in the proceeding in recognition of our expertise in working with persons with mental disabilities and the fact that many class members are our clients.

The main common issue in the class action was as follows:

Was the defendant negligent or in breach of fiduciary duty in failing to take reasonable measures in the operation or management of Woodlands School to protect those persons therein confined from abusive conduct of physical, sexual, emotional and/or psychological nature by employees, agents or other persons similarly confined in the institution.

The provincial government is relying on a recent BC Court of Appeal decision which provides that the Crown is not legally required to compensate residents of the former Woodlands School who suffered abuse prior to August 1, 1974, the date on which the Crown Proceedings Act came into force. Prior to that date, it was not legally possible to sue the Crown unless the government gave a plaintiff permission to do so.

If You Think This Applies To You

If PGT is your legal representative, your Case Manager and PGT lawyers will be managing any potential claim you may have for compensation. You can contact your Case Manager directly for information and advice directly or call our office and ask for your Case Manager.

You may also contact the Woodlands project team directly at: 604.660.5458 and they will be able to assist you further.

To reach the PGT in your area, please call Service BC Toll Free:

Vancouver

604.660.2421

Victoria

250.387.6121

Elsewhere in BC

1.800.663.7867

Click these links to see or hear The Woodlands Project July 2002 – June 2004, A Report of the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia

Woodlands Project Report

The PGT Woodlands Project was completed on June 30, 2004.  The PGT Woodlands Project Report summarizes the work and findings of the project and the options available to former residents.  You may read or listen to the report by clicking on the links below.  To listen to the report, you will need Windows Media Audio Player. If you do not already have Windows Media Audio Player, click here to install it for free.

Woodlands Project Report - written file

Woodlands Project Report (complete report) - audio file
  Introduction and Acknowledgements - audio file
  Part 1 - About This Report - audio file
  Part 2 - About the PGT Woodlands Project - audio file
  Part 3 - How the Woodlands Project was Done - audio file
  Part 4 - What was Learned as a Result of the Project - audio file
  Part 5 - What Happens After the Woodlands Project - audio file
  Part 6 - Conclusion - audio file
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