Annual Report 2016/2017

  • August 16, 2017

Submitted by CBABC Sections

Summary of Meetings

Number of Meetings Held: 7

October 12, 2016
Guest Speakers: Gillian Lindquist, Restoratice Justice Victoria, Lila Underwood, Director, South Island Wellness Society, Vanessa Ramsdale, Restorative Justice Coordinator, South Island Wellness Society, and Suzanne Beavan, Youth Restorative Justice Coordinator
Meeting Title/Topic: Restorative Justice
Synopsis: Hear about and from Restorative Justice services on the Lower Island

November 2, 2016
Guest Speakers: Stan T. Lowe, Police Complaint Comissioner, Richard Neary, Barrister and Solicitor, Sgt. Rob Warren, Saanich Police Department, and Aidan Buckley, Independent Investigations Office
Meeting Title/Topic: Complaints and Investigations into Police Actions
Synopsis: Attendees learned about police complaints, investigations, potential civil remedies, and the role of lawyers.

December 7, 2016
Guest Speakers: Peter Firestone, David S. Mulroney, and Mark Bussanich, Discipline Counsel, Law Society
Meeting Title/Topic: Someone has Complained - What Now? The Law Society Complaints Process
Synopsis: The Criminal Justice - Victoria section found out about the Law Society complaints process from Law Society investigators and from counsel who represent lawyers being invesitgated. Searches of law offices by the Law Society were also discussed.

February 15, 2017
Guest Speakers: Kari Erickson - Manager of Registry Operations At The Victoria Courthouse, Steve Fudge - Crown Counsel. Laura Atkinson - Family Law Lawyer, and Michael Magone - Registry Technician
Meeting Title/Topic: Protection Orders - Navigating The Intersection Between Criminal And Family Law
Synopsis: This meeting provided practical tips to assist counsel and their clients to navigate the challenges (and optimistically the benefits) from the overlap of criminal law and family law processes. Including the process of obtaining protections orders, the protection order registry, service and enforcement of protection orders. Kari Erickson, manager of the registry operations at the Victoria Courthouse, spoke about the Protection Order Registry (what it is and how it works), requesting for registry assistance to serve FLA protection orders. Steve Fudge, Crown Counsel, spoke about enforcement of orders and what family counsel should do if they believe there is a breach, and Laura Atkinson, family law lawyer, discussed practical considerations in obtaining protection orders in terms of drafting, setting aside protection orders and whether "to do or not to do" without notice applications.

March 6, 2017
Guest Speakers: Bradley L. Hickford, Hickford Law, and Lara Vizsolyi, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General (Crown Law Division)
Meeting Title/Topic: R. v. Jordan - What's the "Latest" on Delay in Court?
Synopsis: Bradley L. Hickford of Hickford Law and Lara Vizsolyi of the Crown Law Division of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General spoke on the latest news with Jordan and how the case is playing out in the courts.

April 5, 2017
Guest Speakers: Holly Craig, Probation Officer, Victoria Integrated Community Outreach Team (VICOT), Kevin Crosbie, Coordinator, Pandora Assertive Treatment Team (PACT) Island Health, Mike Glossop, Outreach Worker, 713 Outreach Team, Roland Kuczma, Defence Counsel, and Cst. Todd Mason, Victoria Police Department
Meeting Title/Topic: Everything is Integrated
Synopsis: Ever wonder what happens in courtroom 101 on Tuesday mornings? This was your opportunity to find out from the people who all make it work so well for individuals who struggle with mental health, addiction and homelessness within the criminal justice system. Speakers included representatives from the outreach, mental health, police and local defence bar.

May 16, 2017
Guest Speakers: The Honourable Judge Cutler- Provincial Court BC, Duncan, Leah Fontaine - Crown Counsel, Duncan, and Cara Hunt - Cara Hunt Law
Meeting Title/Topic: Duncan First Nations Court
Synopsis: "Duncan First Nations Court". A Judge, Crown and Defence counsel shared their thoughts and experiences.

Comments and Observations of the Chair