As of September, articling law students in BC can now serve as commissioners and take affidavits. Until this change, only lawyers, notaries, and a few select other professionals could act as commissioners.
Affidavits are documents you prepare for court that contain the facts of your case. You have to swear under oath that what you’ve written in the affidavit is true. A commissioner must witness you signing the affidavit.
After law students complete their law degree, they must spend a year articling before they’re allowed to become a practicing lawyer. During this year, lawyers supervise the articling students and work with them to help them learn the profession.