Fundamentals of Judicial Review 2017

Course Date: April 28, 2017

Total: 5h 47min

Welcome and Introduction

Adele J. Adamic — Ministry of Justice, Legal Services Branch, Vancouver
Robert A. Kasting — Stewart, Aulinger & Company, Vancouver

The Nature of Judicial Review

  • what is judicial review, what controls judicial review
  • the variables in court
  • determining the basis for your application
  • the end game: what do you want to achieve?
    David W. Garner — Labour Relations Board of British Columbia, Vancouver  

The Mechanics of an Application for Judicial Review

  • who is the proper petitioner and respondent
  • who do you serve
  • time limits
  • what are the key elements of a petition and affidavit
  • what other pleadings are needed – e.g. responses
  • standard of review
  • petition v. action – choosing the correct proceeding

Laurel Courtenay — Ministry of Justice, Legal Services Branch, Vancouver
Andrew D. Gay, QC — Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break 

The Record

  • what evidence goes before the court?
  • who puts the record before the court?
  • what is the record?
  • addressing gaps in the record
  • document management
    Adele J. AdamicMinistry of Justice, Legal Services Branch, Vancouver

Pitfalls to Consider Before Filing a Petition

  • standing
  • costs and security for costs
  • standard of review
  • procedural entanglement
  • relief

Robert A. Kasting — Stewart, Aulinger & Company, Vancouver

Networking Lunch

Presenting your Argument

  • strategic and practice considerations
  • points to cover in written argument
  • how to handle the record and materials at the hearing
  • do’s and don’ts of effective oral submissions

Gregory J. McDade, QC — Ratcliff & Company LLP, North Vancouver

Federal Court Judicial Review Practice Tips

  • practice tips unique to Federal Court procedures
  • cases highlighting some of the unique features of the Federal Court Rules
  • significant pactice cases that may assist practitioners in navigating the Federal Court

Jennifer Chow, QCDepartment of Justice Canada, Vancouver

Networking Break

View from the Bench

  • understanding the nature of persuasion
  • focusing on the controlling idea: the methodology of judicial review, defining the record before the court, the current law on the standard or review and the meaning of reasonableness
  • creating “winning conditions”: drilling into the decision maker's reasons and mining the record
  • writing to win
  • exploiting the courtroom dynamic: reacting to the other side, capitalizing on questions, and reading signals from the Bench
  • obtaining leave to appeal and leave to intervene
  • managing your client

The Honourable Justice David Stratas — Federal Court of Appeal, Ottawa