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2016 National Criminal Justice Conference: “Anatomy of a Trial”

April 9, 2016
Vancouver BC

Join us for the 2016 National Criminal Conference as we try to assist you in riding out the speed bumps and troughs of a criminal trial.

Panels of experienced judges, Crown and defence counsel will give you pointers and tips on how to:

  • Prepare for Trial;
  • Get the best deal at the pre-trial stage;
  • Avoid the Cross-examination pitfalls;
  • Deal with the unexpected twists of the trial;
  • Get the maximum impact from your closing addresses;
  • Navigate and resolve ethical issues arising from presenting your case.

All of these questions and much, much, more will be tackled. With our trademark fact scenario "movie", panels that discuss and debate the controversial areas of running a trial, and sets of papers prepared especially for the program, you will not be disappointed.

Details and Registration

End-of-Life working group

The Supreme Court of Canada gave the federal government until February to rewrite the Criminal Code on physician-assisted suicide to align with its decision in Carter. Last summer, the former Conservative government set up a consultation panel called the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v Canada, which went on hiatus for the period of the election campaign and has now resumed hearings. Another group, the Provincial/Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, is also holding consultations. The CBA has written to each group to say it strongly endorses a pan-Canadian approach, in line with the resolution passed at the August Council meeting in Calgary – a rewriting of the Criminal Code to comply with Carter, and harmonized provincial and territorial laws to give clear pathways for timely access to physician-assisted dying with procedural safeguards and oversight.

CBA-ACT Proud to Sponsor First Anti-Corruption Course Book

The CBA Anti-Corruption Team (CBA-ACT) is proud to sponsor and provide for download Global Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice, the first course book of its kind on anti-corruption. As sponsors of the book, the CBA Anti-Corruption Team (CBA-ACT) reviewed and provided input into the content. It is a comprehensive account of the historical, social, economic and political dimensions of corruption and compares the US, UK and Canadian Anti-Corruption regimes.

View Course Book

CBA Young Lawyers International Program 2015-17

If you are aware of young lawyers who may be interested in applying for an international internship, please forward them the following link: http://www.cba.org/CBA/IDP/yiip/.

Prison law reform - National Magazine (July 27, 2015)

CBA E-News – October 2015

Criminal Justice Section articles:

R. v Neville: Responding to Jury Questions

Michael King, of Simmonds + Partners Defence in St. John’s, looks at the case of R. v Neville to discuss the question of judges’ responses to jury questions, and how thorough and on point they must be.

Read more

R. v Ayangma and Scott

Scott Barry and Emily MacDonald of Stewart McKelvey in Charlottetown offer up this recent example of a police operation capturing drug dealers, and a court having to determine when the opportunity to commit a criminal offence was offered to the accused.

Read more

CBA E-News – May 2015

Past issues of Voir Dire Newsletter and CBA E-News can be found on the Newsletter page.

Mandatory Minimum Coverage:

Michael T. Mulligan: Mandatory minimum sentences are unjust

Victims Bill of Rights Act

Eric Gottardi, Chair of the CBA’s Criminal Justice Section, talks about the CBA's submission on the Victims Bill of Rights Act.

National Sections: Children’s Law Committee

National Sections recently established a Children’s Law Committee to coordinate activities, provide advice, and respond to law, policy, and legal research developments on matters affecting Canadian children. More information is available on the new Children’s Law Committee webpage.

Join the Children’s Law Committee listserv!

Interested CBA members are strongly encouraged to join the Children’s Law Committee listserv. This is an ideal way to stay informed of Committee activities and get directly involved. The listserv also provides a forum to network and exchange ideas with leading practitioners who share your interests.
Membership is free to CBA members.

Join the listserv (CBA membership number required)

CBA action on the Omnibus Crime Bill (C-10)

The CBA via the Criminal Justice Section presented a 100-page CBA submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human rights on October 18 and again on November 3.

For ease of references, a 10-point summary of the submission has been developed.

To add your voice to the CBA position, we would encourage you to bring the summary and full submission to the attention of your Member of Parliament or any interested groups.



Join the CBA Criminal Justice Section Listserv

The CBA Criminal Justice Section has a listserv which you are encouraged to join.

A listserv is a discussion group that comes to you through your e-mail! Listservs, or e-mail lists, allow you to interact with many people simultaneously and are a convenient way for members to share information, pass on client referrals, and to ask or answer questions.

Section members can join the listserv online at: http://cbaapp.org/CBA_listservsEnrolment/Enrolment.aspx.

** In order to join a listserv you must be a member of the relevant CBA Section. Please contact your Branch if you wish to join the CBA Criminal Justice Section.**

Participants in CBA listservs are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous, civil and respectful manner, consistent with the CBA Code of Professional Conduct. To ensure this level of professionalism is maintained, the Code of Conduct for CBA Discussion Groups and Listservs was developed.

Invitation to Participate in Law Reform Activities

One of the primary activities of the Canadian Bar Association’s CBA Criminal Justice Section (the Section) is to analyze proposed amendments to federal legislation, mainly the Criminal Code. The Section frequently makes representations to government officials and Parliamentary Committees, for example, with the goal of improving the law and the administration of justice. 

The Section’s work load on this front continues to be significant, and any member with an interest in law reform is encouraged to get involved.

Please note, it is particularly important for law makers that the Section’s comments are based on the perspective of both Crown and defence lawyers.

Please contact:

Gaylene Schellenberg
Lawyer, Legislation and Law Reform
CBA National Office
1 800 267 8860 ext 139

Recent Submissions

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Professional Development

2016 National Criminal Justice Conference: “Anatomy of a Trial”
April 9, 2016, Vancouver BC

  • Missed a conference? Purchase course materials through the CBA Store.



  • Section Executive Committee meeting, April 10-11, 2016 with PD Program (Vancouver)



The CBA Criminal Justice Section examines the practice of law related to enforcement and administration of Canadian criminal law. The Section monitors and evaluates:

  • federal and provincial legislation creating offenses and crimes;
  • establishment jurisdiction, procedure and organization of criminal courts in Canada and the practice of lawyers; and,
  • any other matters relating to or impacting on the administration of the criminal justice system.

Links of interest

The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC). Click here for information about AIDWYC.

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