CPD training

Indigenous Peoples and the Law (Series of 6 webinars)

This is a series of six free webinars put on by Courthouse Libraries BC in partnership with the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ).  The webinars, which will be broadcast between October 2020 and March 2021, have been designed to initiate discussion and pave the way to CIAJ’s national conference on the same topic to take place in Vancouver in November 2021.

The next webinar in the series will look at "Discussing the Promises and Problems with the Act respecting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children, Youth and Families" and will take place on January 20, 2021. This webinar which will be in English with simultaneous interpretation.

A detailed outline of all 6 webinars can be found here:

Indigenous Peoples and the Law

All of the webinars will be broadcast from 12:30pm – 2:00pm (PDT) and are scheduled for the following dates:

  1. October 14, 2020: Overview of the Progress of the Calls to Action (In English, with simultaneous interpretation)
  2. October 21, 2020: The Next Stages of Indigenous Governance in Quebec (In French, with simultaneous interpretation)
  3. November 4, 2020: Looking at British Columbia’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (In English, with simultaneous interpretation)
  4. January 20, 2021: Discussing the Promises and Problems with the Act respecting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children, Youth and Families (In English, with simultaneous interpretation)
  5. February 17, 2021: Investigating the Indigenous Languages Act (In English, with simultaneous interpretation)
  6. March 10, 2021: Court Changes after the COVID-19 Pandemic and Indigenous Cultural Relevancy (In English, with simultaneous interpretation)


Registration is required and will take place through the CIAJ.  The registration form can be found here: https://ciaj-icaj.ca/en/upcoming-programs/webinar-series-indigenous-peoples-and-the-law/

During the registration process, you will have the option of selecting which of the six webinars you would like to register for. Registration for an individual webinar will close at 9am (PDT) on the day prior to the broadcast.

Civility in the Criminal Bar: 2nd Annual Lunch & Learn

This year the 2nd Annual Civility Lunch for federal and provincial Crown Counsel and criminal defence counsel is going virtual and will be hosted by the Courthouse Libraries BC. 

This 2-hour webinar will start with a presentation on civility by the Honourable Judge Sutherland of the BCPC. This will be followed by a perspective from Bencher Pinder Cheema, Q.C. and life Bencher Phil Riddell, Q.C.. 

To bring a 'real life' practical perspective to this learning session, we will have a discussion of criminal file civility scenarios led by Madam Justice Duncan of the BCSC, defence counsel Kasandra Cronin, Q.C., PPSC Crown Alexandra Rice, and BCPS Crown Don Montrichard. 

Participants in this webinar can claim up to 2 hours of CPD credit, including 2 hours of ethics credit. 


December 2, 2020


1:00 - 3:00 pm PT



Interrupting Bias: How Systemic Racism, Discrimination and Distorted Thinking Lead to Wrongful Convictions

The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Heads of Prosecutions Subcommittee on the Prevention of Wrongful Convictions, in conjunction with Courthouse Libraries B.C., presents a 90-minute webinar examining the issues surrounding race, unconscious bias and wrongful convictions. 

The committee, composed of senior prosecutors and police officers, is mandated to develop best practices to assist prosecutors and police in better understanding the causes of wrongful convictions, and to recommend proactive policies, protocols and educational processes to guard against future miscarriages of justice.   

Presenters will be: Honourable Renee M. Pomerance, Superior Court of Ontario, Amanda Carling, Manager of Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and Joshua Sealy-Harrington, doctoral candidate at Columbia Law School and lawyer at Power Law. 

It will be moderated by Kathleen Roussel, Canada's Director of Public Prosecutions. 

A question and answer session will follow the presentations. 

Simultaneous translation in French will be available. 

This webinar will be of interest to all those concerned about criminal justice issues. 

Participants in this webinar can claim up to 1.5 hours of CPD credit with the Law Society of BC, including 1.5 hours of Practice Management credit. 


December 10, 2020


12:30 - 2:00 pm (PT)



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.

In-person training

Tours and training are available by appointment in our Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Prince George, and Victoria branches.

Please contact the library branch directly or email training@courthouselibrary.ca to make an appointment.

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