Annual Report 2022-2023

  • July 04, 2023

Summary of Meetings: Criminal Justice - Vancouver

Number of Meetings Held:5

September 28, 2022
Registration Count: 33
Guest Speakers: Judge Garth Smith, Lori Ashton, Leslie Leclair, and Mike Smith
Meeting Title/Topic: First Nations Court: A Primer
Synopsis: The New Westminster First Nations Court team discussed First Nations Courts in British Columbia. Speakers discussed having your client's file dealt with in First Nations Court, how the court works, and what your client can expect if admitted.

November 22, 2022
Registration Count: 18
Guest Speakers: Brooke Greenberg, KC and Cheryl S. D’Sa
Meeting Title/Topic: Improving Mental Health: Lessons for Criminal Law Practitioners
Synopsis: Our engaged panelists discussed the current trends in our understanding of mental health issues and shared practical tips and strategies for advancing mental wellness within our profession.

February 22, 2023
Registration Count: 50
Guest Speakers: Judge Jeffrey Campbell, Mila Shah, and Rebecca McConchie
Meeting Title/Topic: Ethics... Need We Say More?
Synopsis: A great discussion of the ethical issues and challenges faced by both Crown and defence counsel.

April 26, 2023
Registration Count: 38
Guest Speakers: Brent Anderson and Christie Lusk
Meeting Title/Topic: Appellate Advocacy for Criminal Lawyers
Synopsis: Brent Anderson of Johnson Doyle Nelson Anderson and Christie Lusk of the Crown’s Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions branch shared their insights on a broad range of topics relating to criminal appeal work. This was a joint meeting with Appellate Advocacy.

May 31, 2023
Registration Count: 12
Guest Speakers: The Honourable Judge Laura Bakan, Debra Carpantier, KC, and Jayce Allen
Meeting Title/Topic: Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver: A Primer
Synopsis: The Honourable Judge Laura Bakan, Debra Carpentier, KC, and Jayce Allen discussed the Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver, including important information for both Crown and defence about eligibility, how to refer a file, how the program works, and more!