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Criminal Law Scholars Series (CLSS): Bringing Scholarship into Practice

This monthly webinar series co-hosted by Courthouse Libraries BC and the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society, will feature criminal law scholars from across Canada.  Each session will showcase a different area of legal research and how it can be applied by criminal law practitioners. The first few webinars in this series will focus on recent Supreme Court of Canada pronouncements and their impact on criminal law practice.

CLSS #3 - Mr. Big and the New Common Law Confessions Rule: Five Years in Review

In this webinar, Adelina Iftene, Professor at the Schulich School of Law, will review recent cases that have applied the Hart framework.

In R v Hart, 2014 SCC 52, the Court set out a two-prong framework for assessing the admissibility of confessions obtained through the undercover police tactic known as “Mr. Big”. The goal of the framework was to address reliability concerns, to protect suspects from state abuse, and to reduce the risk of wrongful convictions. The first prong of the test created a new common law evidentiary rule, under which Mr. Big obtained confessions are now presumptively inadmissible. The second prong revamped the existing abuse of process doctrine.

Prof. Iftene has reviewed subsequent cases and analyzed them both qualitatively and quantitatively with a view to assessing whether the goals of the Hart framework have been met, what effect the framework has had on the admissibility of Mr. Big obtained confessions, and what, if any, shortcomings the framework has. The presentation will highlight the negligible impact the framework has had on the number of Mr. Big confessions that are admitted and will engage with some of the potential reasons as to why that has been the case.

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1.5hrs of CPD with the Law Society of BC.

Presenter: Adelina Iftene, Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Moderator: Nikos Harris, Q.C.


June 23, 2022


4:30 – 6pm (PDT)



The (New) Provincial Court Family Rules – Explained

Join Courthouse Libraries BC and Legal Aid BC for this 3hr virtual workshop on the Provincial Court Family Rules. We will be joined by a Judge and two family law practitioners who frequently navigate the path required by the (new) Provincial Court Family Rules. The panelists will start by reviewing the Rules and forms. They will then analyze an evolving fact scenario and relief sought to demonstrate how the Rules apply and which forms to use.

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 3hrs of CPD with the Law Society of BC.


Judge Kathryn Ferriss, Provincial Court of British Columbia
Kathleen Kendall, Lead Family Duty Counsel (Kamloops)
Susan Loney, Co-Lead Family Duty Counsel (Victoria)


Olga Volpe, Manager, Family Law Services, LABC


June 24


9:00 am - 12:00 pm (PDT)



More CPD opportunities

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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