CPD training

Overview of BC Review Board Proceedings

Are you curious what happens after the Court finds an Accused person NCRMD (not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder) or Unfit to Stand Trial, and defers disposition to the BC Review Board (BCRB) (https://www.bcrb.ca/)?

Join Courthouse Libraries BC for a 2hr virtual overview of the BCRB. This panel presentation will cover:

  • What the BCRB does and how it is set up.
  • What types of decisions the BCRB can make on matters pertaining to "fitness to stand trial", verdicts of NCRMD and the legal framework for those decisions.
  • Overview of the role of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, defence counsel and Crown counsel in BCRB hearings.

Our panel of presenters will include:

  • Ingrid Friesen, Alternate Chair with the BCRB
  • Peter Parnell, Interim Provincial Executive Director of Forensic Psychiatric Services
  • Dante Abbey, Supervising Lawyer with the Mental Health Law Program at CLAS
  • Gerri-Lyn Nelson, Crown Counsel

This webinar will incorporate time for a Q&A with the panelists. However, panelists will not be entertaining questions about specific files. We invite anyone interested in learning more about the BC Review Board to attend, including lawyers, advocates, victim services workers, police, media and other interested parties.

Members of the Law Society of BC can claim up to 2hrs of CPD for attending this webinar.

Date

November 8, 2022

Time 

4:30 - 6:30pm (PT)

To register

 https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6716657783687/WN_2qBhTaTgT4ycIYUYZaThuQ

Forensic Fallout: Scientific evidence and the prevention of wrongful convictions

The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Heads of Prosecutions Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Wrongful Convictions and Courthouse Libraries B.C. present: "Forensic Fallout: Scientific evidence and the prevention of wrongful convictions".

This 2hr panel presentation will feature the following speakers:

  • Linda Rothstein, Partner with Paliare Roland Barristers
  • Caitlin Pakosh, Assistant Crown Attorney and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Forensic Science Program
  • Dr Matthew Orde, a consulting forensic and anatomical pathologist
  • Marilyn Sandford, KC, counsel with the firm Ritchie Sandford McGowan
  • Karima Andani, KC, Crown Counsel with the BC Prosecution Service

Participants my claim up to 2hrs of CPD with the Law Society of BC. This program will be offered in English with simultaneous translation in French.

Date

November 9, 2022

Time

12:00pm - 2:00pm (PT)

To register

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316643801346/WN_MvNCxvCpS8yscjAeAkB3-A

Court Etiquette Virtually and In-Person

Do surroundings and attire really matter that much when appearing in court virtually? Is there a difference in the expectations of counsel in Provincial Court vs. Supreme Court? These are just some of the questions our panel will address in this 1.5hr discussion on court etiquette and professionalism.

Our panelists will include:

  • Justice Janet Winteringham of the BC Supreme Court,
  • Judge Jennifer Lopes of the BC Provincial Court, and
  • Michael Klein, KC

This presentation is co-organized by CDAS and Courthouse Libraries BC and while it is primarily aimed at criminal law practitioners and junior counsel, it will likely be of benefit to all lawyers looking to enhance their court etiquette skills. Upon registering, participants will be provided with a link for submitting questions in advance.

Members of the Law Society of BC may claim up to 1.5hrs of CPD for attending this course, including up at 1.5hrs of Professional Ethics credit.

Date

November 14, 2022

Time

5:00 - 6:30pm

To register

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1516662206935/WN_WyzEeveNROOJSvF5lZdKVA

I’d never forget that face: Error rates for eyewitnesses

Eyewitness confidence was once characterized as a weak indicator of identification accuracy, and is widely considered to be unreliable at trial. In recent years, however, a more positive view has emerged for eyewitness confidence at pretrial lineup procedures.

Research suggests a positive relation between confidence and accuracy, and estimates from a recent analysis of the experimental literature suggest the suspect identification error rate is relatively low if confidence is high and the lineup procedure is pristine. This talk will delve into the methods of estimating error rates from lab data and consider their generalizability to eyewitness identification in criminal cases.

This webinar is the sixth in our Criminal Law Scholars Series (CLSS), which is being co-hosted by Courthouse Libraries BC and the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society. Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1.5hrs of CPD with the Law Society of BC.

Presenter: Dr. Ryan Fitzgerald, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University
Moderator: Tamara Levy, KC

Date

November 15, 2022

Time

4:30 - 6pm (PT)

To register

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1816657783409/WN_GO8Lu0jaTNuSwd7N7sHixA

Review Board Proceedings: Skill Building for Lawyers

Are you looking to build your skills for BC Review Board (BCRB) hearings? In this follow-up webinar to the Overview of BCRB Proceedings, we will focus on skill building for lawyers interested in doing work before the BCRB.

Topics covered in this 2hr presentation will include:

  • Tips for counsel from the BCRB.
  • What the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital provides for hearings.
  • How risk assessments are done.
  • How defence counsel get involved in BCRB hearings and practice tips, including your unique role, instructions and the go to case law.
  • The role of Crown counsel in BCRB hearings.

Our panel of presenters will include:

  • The Honourable John Threlfall, Alternate Chair with the BCRB and retired Judge of the BC Provincial Court
  • Deborah Lovett, KC, Counsel for the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
  • Peter Parnell, Interim Provincial Executive Director of Forensic Psychiatric Services
  • Dante Abbey, Supervising Lawyer with the Mental Health Law Program at CLAS
  • Lyle Hillaby, Crown Counsel

This webinar will incorporate time for a Q&A with the panelists. However, panelists will not entertain questions about specific files. This presentation is primarily intended for lawyers interested in building their skills in relation to representing clients before the BCRB, however, registration is open to anyone interested in learning more about BCRB hearings.

Members of the Law Society of BC can claim up to 2hrs of CPD for attending this webinar.

Date

November 22, 2022

Time

4:30 - 6:30pm

To register

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6216657821770/WN_6IRjmvyRT9aczxrTIasxTQ

The Legacy and Future of Social Work, Colonialism, and Child Welfare in BC

In 2022, NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services Society and the Indigenous Law Research Unit released a Toolkit on Coast Salish Laws Relating to Child and Caregiver Nurturance and Safety. The purpose of the Toolkit was twofold:

  1. to educate the public about the intersection of colonialism and child welfare; and,
  2. to highlight the role Coast Salish law could and should play in the support of families and children caught in the system.

This presentation will highlight key sections in the Toolkit and explore the role that communities, governments, agencies and individuals can play in
revitalizing and incorporating Coast Salish law, and more broadly, Indigenous law, into legislation, policy, and practice.

Participants may claim up to 1.5 hours of CPD with the LSBC.

Presenters:

Tara Williamson, Co-Research Director, Indigenous Law Research Unit

Leslie-Ann Paige, Coast Salish Initiatives Manager, NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services Society

Date

November 28, 2022

Time

1:00 PM

To register

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7416669980152/WN_YFXBvYIRSKeZl…

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Archived webinars

Archived webinars are organized by topic. If you plan to review a previously recorded course for CPD credit, it is your responsibility to ensure that your review of the course meets the Law Society of BC's criteria for Approved Education Activities.

Legal research course

This course, which is eligible for CPD credit, is a series of videos that demonstrate how to plan a research strategy and employ specific research skills.  In the videos we show you how to use popular legal research tools that are free (CanLII) or that you can use for free at the BC Courthouse Libraries. 

Take the course (including self-assessment quiz questions) on the Law Society Online Learning Centre.

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