Family Law Provincial Court Practice

Course Date: March 7, 2019

Full Course Materials
Total: 5h 51min
Total Ethics: 1h

Welcome and Introduction

Nadja P. Rence — Somers Poulin Hall, New Westminster
Jasmeet Wahid — Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP, Richmond

How to Manage a Provincial Court Family File

  • pleadings and filings (i.e., procedure and process)
  • effective preparation for family law case conferences, pre-trial conferences, hearings, and trials
  • creating and using a trial book for a Provincial Court trial
  • pitfalls and tips

Donald A. Boyd — Lawyer, Langley
Natalie A.M. Hillary — PGS Law, New Westminster

Financial Disclosure

  • what needs to be disclosed
  • successfully obtaining disclosure
  • disclosure in reference to the FCSG and SSAG
  • imputing income
  • collection and enforcement of court orders and agreements
  • working with FMEP

Angela M. Accettura — Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, Burnaby
Johanna M. Stein — Boughton Law Corporation, Vancouver



  • navigating a child protection case effectively
  • tips from director's and parent's counsel
  • how the process is different from a family case
  • intersection with the FLA

Robert Evans — RWE Family Law, Vancouver
Dean Tate — Somers Poulin Hall, New Westminster, Vancouver

Networking Lunch (provided)

Indigenous Focus

  • Indigenous initiatives in Provincial Family Court 
  • using a trauma-informed practice when working with Indigenous families

Rhaea Bailey — Manager, Indigenous Services, Legal Services Society of BC, Vancouver
Myrna McCallum — Director of Investigations, Independent Investigations Office, University of BC, Vancouver

View from the Bench

  • what makes an effective advocate
  • wise words, tips
  • how to assist the court

The Honourable Judge Kathryn J. Ferriss — Provincial Court of BC, Surrey
The Honourable Judge Dela Jahani — Provincial Court of BC, Surrey


Family Violence Overview

  • protection orders
  • dynamics of violence
  • screening for violence
  • resources

Vicky Law — Equitas Law Group, Vancouver

Practice Tips

  • working with or across self-represented litigants
  • unbundled services
  • top ten tips

Agnes Huang — Saltwater Law, Vancouver
Sonali Sharma — Athena Law, Vancouver