It was a relatively quiet year in torts jurisprudence, although several cases offer useful applications of important tort principles. The recurring spectre of infinite liability to infinite persons was seen in many decisions. Gobin (Guardian ad Litem of) v. British Columbia 2002 BCCA 373 was the latest decision in a series of jurisprudence starting with Just v. British Columbia [1989] 2 S.C.R. 1228 whereby governmental liability was shielded where its actions or inaction were governed by a good faith policy decision. Relatively novel claims were limited: courts rejected or questioned whether a duty of care extends to victims of a drunken party guest, to those who injure themselves protecting their own interests following an accident, or to future purchasers or investors. There were also several important decisions in defamation.

A version of this article was published in the 2003 Annual Review of Law and Practice, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. The author acknowledges and thanks the Society for its assistance and cooperation in this work. Republished with permission.

type Developments in Tort Law in British Columbia and Canada: 2002