Annual Report 2022-2023

  • July 12, 2023

Summary of Meetings: Criminal Justice - Nanaimo

Number of Meetings Held:5

October 13, 2022
Registration Count: In-person: 10
Guest Speakers: Jenny Rutherford and Basil McCormick
Meeting Title/Topic: Professional Ethics – Conflict of Interest
Synopsis: Basil McCormick, Nanaimo Crown Counsel, and Jenny Rutherford, Senior Counsel at Jones & Company gave an overview of the conflict issues that arise between Crown and Defense Counsel, with discussions of the relevant case authorities.

November 10, 2022
Registration Count: 37
Guest Speakers: Laura Johnson
Meeting Title/Topic: The Virtual Bail Initiative
Synopsis: Laura Johnson, Director, Justice Modernization, Ministry of the Attorney General, provided an overview of The Virtual Bail Initiative for the Island Region, expected to “go live” on November 28, 2022.

February 3, 2023
Registration Count: In-person: 4
Guest Speakers: Lene Silva and Shane Briggs
Meeting Title/Topic: New Resources in Nanaimo
Synopsis: Lene Silva, Criminal Justice Navigator at Legal Aid B.C., outlined how she assists clients attending for their Court appearances. Shane Briggs discussed the services he offers clients as a Peer Prison Outreach Worker at Unlocking the Gates Services Society.

April 11, 2023
Registration Count: In-person: 9
Guest Speakers: Beth Stupple
Meeting Title/Topic: Restorative Justice – Connective Nanaimo
Synopsis: Beth Stupple, Restorative Justice Program Manager at Connective Nanaimo, shared information about the programming available in Nanaimo.

June 14, 2023
Registration Count: 20
Guest Speakers: Paul Cheeseman, Diana Cramer, Kyle Grant, and Nicole Robson
Meeting Title/Topic: Repeat Violent Offending Intervention Initiative (ReVOII) – A Component of the Safer Communities Action Plan
Synopsis: This meeting provided awareness regarding a new and important provincial government initiative to address the issue of repeat, violent crime in our communities. This was a joint meeting with Criminal Justice – Victoria.