Fundamentals of Judicial Review 2024

Course Date: May 9, 2024

Full Course Materials
Total: 4h 34min
Total Ethics: 55min
Course Introduction and Land Acknowledgement (9:00 – 9:10)
Nadia MyerthallProgram Lawyer, CLEBC, Vancouver
Laurel Courtenay
Ministry of Attorney General, Legal Services Branch, Vancouver
Andrew D. Gay, KCGudmundseth Mickelson LLP, Vancouver
The Mechanics of an Application for Judicial Review (9:10 – 10:00)
  • what decisions can be challenged by way of judicial review
  • who are the proper petitioner and respondent
  • who do you serve
  • time limits
  • seeking a stay
  • key elements of a petition and affidavit
  • what other pleadings are needed
  • managing client expectations
Meera BennettMinistry of Attorney General, Legal Services Branch, Vancouver
Jaime H. HoopesRoper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
How to Start: Petition or Action (10:00 – 10:50)
  • evidence 
  • role of the court
  • referring petitions to trial list
  • remedies
  • cases on collateral attack
Brent Olthuis, KC — Olthuis van Ert, Vancouver
BREAK (10:50 – 11:05)
The Record (11:05 – 11:55)
  • what is the record?
  • when is evidence outside the record admissible?
  • who puts the record before the court?
  • how to put the record before the court
Katherine A. HardieBC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
NETWORKING LUNCH (provided to in-person registrants) (11:55 – 12:55)
The Role of the Tribunal on Judicial Review (12:55 – 1:40)
  • traditional standing:  jurisdiction, standard of review, the record
  • when can the tribunal play a larger role?
  • costs awards 
Mark G. Underhill, KCArvay Finlay LLP, Vancouver
A Refresher on Standard of Review (1:40 – 2:25)
  • what is a standard of review
  • why is it important to understand the standard of review when advising a client (including a decision-maker) and when drafting or responding to a petition
  • how does reasonableness review work post-Vavilov (and what are the current exceptions to reasonableness review)?
  • the standard of review if BC's Administrative Tribunals Act applies
  • the standard of review on a statutory appeal
Kaitlyn Chewka — Lovett Westmacott, Victoria
BREAK (2:25 – 2:40)
Federal Court Judicial Review Practice Tips (2:40 – 3:25)
  • practice tips unique to Federal Court procedures
  • cases highlighting some of the unique features of the Federal Court Rules
  • significant practice cases that may assist practitioners in navigating the Federal Court
Jennifer Chow, KCDepartment of Justice Canada, Vancouver
Elin Sigurdson, KCMandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver
View from the Bench: Tips for an Effective Presentation (3:25 – 3:55)
  • what to think about in framing your case
  • are some errors more persuasive?
  • what to avoid in presenting your case to the court
Justice Neena SharmaSupreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Closing Remarks (3:55 – 4:00)
Laurel CourtenayMinistry of Attorney General, Legal Services Branch, Vancouver
Andrew D. Gay, KCGudmundseth Mickelson LLP, Vancouver