All sides await outcome in battle over B.C. law school accreditation

VANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court judge has reserved a decision in the battle between the province’s law society and Trinity Western University.

The university wants the court to overturn a law society decision denying accreditation to graduates of the university’s proposed law school.

At issue is Trinity’s requirement that all students sign a so-called community covenant, which prohibits sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman.

The university defends the covenant, arguing it is protected under charter provisions covering freedom of religion, but the law society says signing the document violates same-sex equality laws.

A three-day judicial review wrapped up Wednesday.

The university has also fought law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia for refusing accreditation for law-school graduates.

An Ontario court has upheld the Ontario law society’s refusal to accredit Trinity’s yet-to-open law school while a Nova Scotia judge has ruled in favour of the university, though the decision is being appealed.