Criminal Practice 2014


Course Date: June 7, 2014

Welcome and Introduction

Nicole J. Gregoire — Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Vancouver
Mark R. Jetté — Sutherland Jetté, Vancouver

New Provincial Court Rules and Practice

  • Provincial Court Scheduling Project—history, overview, and major changes
  • practical application of the rules
  • case management responsibility, appearances, time frames
  • court’s expectations of counsel

The Honourable Associate Chief Judge Nancy N. Phillips — Provincial Court of BC, Vancouver
Richard J. Browning — Browning, Dunne, Soga, Ray & Ng, New Westminster
Peter A. Juk, QC — Director Appeals & Special Prosecutions, Crown Law Division, Ministry of Justice, Vancouver

Crown/Defence Liaisons: “Before the Charge is a Charge”

  • how to prepare for a discussion with Crown Counsel before your client is formally charged
  • information you must know before you approach the Crown (Crown policies and procedures)
  • know what the Crown needs to know and know how to get that information to the Crown
  • limitations on disclosure before a charge is approved

Michael P. Klein — Michael Klein Law Corporation, Vancouver
Gerri-Lyn Nelson — Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Vancouver
Maggie Loda — Public Prosecution Service of Canada, Vancouver

Networking Break

Judicial Interim Release: In Court and On the Phone

  • compelling appearance—forms of release and their impact on your client
  • behind the scenes and center stage of a show cause hearing: everything you need to know about judicial interim release but are afraid to ask
  • know what the Court needs to know in a contested show cause hearing and how to make the most out of the least
  • after hours bail: how to prepare for the after hours telephone show cause hearing; when might a telephone bail hearing make the most sense for your client?

The Honourable Judge James D. Bahen — Provincial Court of BC, Vancouver
Her Worship Anna Maya Brown — Justice Center, Provincial Court of BC, Vancouver
Georgia Docolas — Docolas Law Corporation, Surrey
Michelle Wray — Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Surrey

Preliminary Inquiries: “The Paper Hearing”

  • the “paper record”: the practical implications of s. 540(7)
  • the residual discovery function of a preliminary inquiry
  • is the preliminary inquiry a Charter free zone?
  • the “right” to call witnesses under s. 541(5)
  • the proper use of the focus hearing function
  • applications to cross-examine Crown witnesses pursuant to s. 540(8)

The Honourable Judge Melissa A. Gillespie — Provincial Court of BC, Surrey
Neil L. Cobb — Cobb St. Pierre Lewis, North Vancouver
Maggie Loda — Public Prosecution Service of Canada, Vancouver
Geordie Proulx — Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Vancouver  

Networking Lunch

Trial Practice: Nuts and Bolts

  • trial preparation—best practices
  • ongoing disclosure and Crown and defence discussions
  • admissions
  • document notice, experts, and expert notice
  • pre-trial conference(s)
  • voir dires
  • exhibits
  • photographic and electronic evidence
  • difficult witnesses for Crown and defence (mental health issues, recanting witness, and more)
  • witness/client attire and demeanor
  • opening and closing submissions

The Honourable Judge Joseph F. Galati — Provincial Court of BC, Vancouver
Daniel L. Mulligan — Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Vancouver
Phillip A. Riddell — Phillip A. Riddell Law Corporation, Port Coquitlam

Sentencing: Contested to Joint Submissions

  • practical considerations: how to present
  • establishing the facts
  • pre-sentence reports and psychiatric assessments
  • resolution discussion and joint submissions: how to give the Court what they need
  • ancillary orders
  • sentencing grab bag: parity, proportionality, totality, joint endeavours, consecutive vs. concurrent, step up and  gap principles, the “range”, pre-trial remand, and “dead time”

The Honourable Judge Reginald Harris — Provincial Court of BC, Vancouver
Troy D. Anderson — Barrister & Solicitor, New Westminster
J. Brian MacFarlane — Administrative Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, North Vancouver

Networking Break

Sentencing: First Nations Courts

  • First Nations sentencing issues
  • know how files get into the FNC, and what the prerequisites are
  • application to more serious offences or to files which have not found their way to the FNC

The Honourable Judge Marion R. Buller Bennett — Provincial Court of BC, Port Coquitlam
Jay L. Fogel — Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Port Coquitlam
David J. Walsoff — Barrister & Solicitor, West Vancouver

Professionalism and Advocacy

  • professionalism, attitude, and decorum
  • preparedness and competence
  • communications and correspondence with judges—in court and out of court

The Honourable Judge James I.S. Sutherland — Provincial Court of BC, Surrey
Shannon J. Halyk — Regional Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Vancouver
Marvin N. Stern — Stern, Albert, Shapray and Associates, Surrey

Concluding Remarks

Nicole J. Gregoire — Crown Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Vancouver
Mark R. Jetté — Sutherland Jetté, Vancouver


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