Annual Report 2021-2022

  • July 21, 2022

Summary of Meetings: Criminal Justice - Victoria

Number of Meetings Held:6

September 22, 2021
Registration Count: 22
Guest Speaker: Mitch Walker, John Labossiere
Meeting Title/Topic: Gladue Reports
Synopsis: A discussion on issues surrounding the order of reports, the content of reports, and the use of reports.

October 27, 2021
Registration Count: 11
Guest Speaker: Honourable Judge Carmen J. Rogers, Regional Administrative Judge Lisa Greenwood, Sr. Inspector with BC Sheriff Services Elizabeth Thors, Sr. Manager, Court Administration, Victoria Law Courts Diana Cramer and Tana Cole, Community Corrections
Meeting Title/Topic: The New Norm: COVID and the Courts
Synopsis: As we continued to navigate the new norm of court during COVID 19, this panel provided up-to-date information on how the Victoria court house and community corrections has modified and adapted during the pandemic.

November 17, 2021
Registration Count: 34
Guest Speaker: Michael Munro, Associate, Walsh LLP Jess Patterson, Crown Counsel
Meeting Title/Topic: Ethics in Criminal Law
Synopsis: Interactive discussion about ethics in criminal law, including a scenario-based discussion that contemplated various ethical issues that criminal lawyers often face.

January 19, 2022
Registration Count: 22
Guest Speaker: Claire M. Tollefson, Barrister & Solicitor Lyle Hillaby, Crown Counsel - Review Board Shelley Birchard, Regional Clinic Manager of Victoria Forensic Psychiatric Services
Meeting Title/Topic: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
Synopsis: How to navigate the system when dealing with a client or accused person with mental health issues. Panelists shared their knowledge and experience with the courts, the Review Board, and the services offered by the Victoria Regional Clinic.

February 16, 2022
Registration Count: 28
Guest Speaker: Erica Olmstead Samiran Lakshman, Managing Lawyer of Large Criminal Cases, LABC Jessica Patterson, Deputy Regional Crown Counsel
Meeting Title/Topic: Civil Disobedience Offences (Fairy Creek & Covid Tickets)
Synopsis: Discussed the conduct of criminal proceedings arising from recent high profile acts of civil disobedience.

April 20, 2022
Registration Count: 31
Guest Speaker: Lara Vizsolyi, Crown Counsel, Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions (Prosecution Support) Chris Massey, Marshall & Massey Elizabeth Weisenburger, Marshall & Massey
Meeting Title/Topic: Criminal Law Update
Synopsis: Highlights and significant topics in the criminal law over the past two years.