Civil Litigation for Paralegals - Advanced Issues 2013

Course Date: December 2, 2013

Total: 4h 59min


Affidavits—A Few Words of Caution

  • some mechanics
  • recent developments
  • swearing affidavits; limits and dangers

Vernon J. Pahl — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver

Chambers Applications

  • common reasons for bringing chambers applications
  • pre-application tips
  • general information
  • preparation of application materials
  • other helpful tips and information

Debra Grahn — Senior Paralegal, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver

Outsourcing Your E-Discovery

  • in-house vs. outsourcing
  • what a vendor can do—instructions to the vendor
  • kinds of evidence to ask the client for and why; considerations regarding the processing of evidence (doing it right the first time)
  • keeping costs under control and what not to do

Peter Sanford — Project Manager, Triage Data Solutions Inc., Vancouver

Electronic Discovery

  • what exactly is electronically stored information?
  • requirements for producing electronically stored information
  • an overview of the Electronic Discovery process from identification to production
  • methods of reviewing electronically stored information and how to approach the review

Ann Halkett — Litigation Support Coordinator, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver

Registry Perspective

  • what the registry looks for in pleadings, affidavits, and other filed materials
  • the best and worst practices “out there”

Farrahnaz Asin — Deputy District Registrar, Civil Registry, Vancouver Law Courts, Vancouver

Properly Presented Expert Evidence

  • choosing an expert
  • briefing an expert
  • objecting to an expert

Krista L. Prockiw — Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver


  • recent developments and case law update
  • identifying privileged documents
  • listing privileged documents
  • loss and waiver of privilege
  • applications to challenge claims of privilege

C. Byron Yep — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver

Lay Witnesses

  • best practices
  • ethical issues
  • Swirsky interviews
  • Rule 7-5 discovery

Alexander D.C. Kask — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver

Chambers Issues: A Perspective From the Bench

  • how to make a judge's or master's life easier: inside tips on what judges and masters really want from lawyers in chambers applications
  • the rationale behind court requirements

Master Shelagh Scarth — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver

Note: there will be a networking lunch with an opportunity for connecting with your colleagues.