Annual Report 2017/2018

  • July 09, 2018

Summary of Meetings: Criminal Justice - Victoria

Number of Meetings Held: 6

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Guest Speaker: Sgt. Len Hollingsworth - Victoria City Police Department
Donald J McKay, Criminal Defence Attorney
Meeting Title/Topic: Fentanyl - Impact on Policing and the Criminal Justice System
Synopsis: Donald J McKay, a local Victoria lawyer, appeared at the BC Court of Appeal to argue what sentence was appropriate for a first-time fentanyl trafficker in the decision R. v. Rutter, 2017 BCCA 193. Sgt. Hollingsworth is a member of the Victoria City Department in the intelligence section and deals with fentanyl investigations on a daily basis as a result he has seen how fentanyl has impacted policing and the community.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Guest Speaker: Mr. Justice Geoffrey R. J. Gaul - BC Supreme Court
Lara Vizsolyi - BC Prosecution Service
Meeting Title/Topic: Greasing the Wheels of Justice: Creating Trial Efficiencies
Synopsis: This presentation focussed on the new SC Practice Direction on Complex Criminal Trials and on what is expected from counsel in Pre-Trial Conferences, generally. There was also an update on the latest in the law post-Jordan.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Guest Speaker: Madame Justice Power of the British Columbia Supreme Court
The Honourable Judge Lowe of the British Columbia Provincial Court
Meeting Title/Topic: View from the Bench
Synopsis: Top 10 Pointers from Supreme and Provincial Court Judges

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Guest Speaker: Megan Vis-Dunbar - Courthouse Librarian
Kathryn Gillert - Victoria Crown Office
Meeting Title/Topic: Courthouse Libraries and Electronic Disclosure - How To
Synopsis: A presentation by Megan Vis-Dunbar and Kathryn Gillert of the Victoria Crown office, on how to use the courthouse libraries and its resources from a criminal law perspective, and on how to manage electronic disclosure.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Guest Speaker: Blair Spencer, Victoria Community Corrections
Meeting Title/Topic: Probation Services and Section Executive Elections
Synopsis: An update on the services available through Community Corrections.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Guest Speaker: The Honourable Judge C. Rogers, Regional Administrative Judge - Vancouver Island Region
The Honourable Judge S. Wishart, Associate Chief Judge
Meeting Title/Topic: Meeting With The Judiciary
Synopsis: Regional Administrative Judge Rogers and Associate Chief Judge Wishart were interested in meeting with the criminal bar, both Crown and Defence, about a Criminal Practice Direction that was currently being worked on.

Comments and Observations of the Chair