New webinars available

In case you weren't able to view them live, new webinars have been added to the Courthouse Libraries webinar archive for you to view.

Race Issues in the BC Legal System

Courthouse Libraries BC and JSL Law are pleased to present a panel discussion on race issues within the BC and Canadian Legal System with former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin, Judge Wolf of the BC Provincial Court, Judge St. Pierre of the BC Provincial Court and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

In this 2-hour webinar, we will delve into some of the impacts of race on both litigants and legal professionals as well as challenges in achieving diversity on the Bench.

Indigenous Rights in BC and Indian Act Amendments

Join us for a 2-hour webinar exploring some recent updates to the Indian Act and an overview of some Indigenous rights in BC. Both advocates and lawyers are welcome to attend this presentation, which will be put on by students from the UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic.

This will be an introductory level session on the following topics: First Nations hunting rights in BC, taxation of employment income earned by Indigenous peoples, and amendments to Status criteria as a result of Bill S-3 and the Descheneaux decision. Time for a Q&A will be included.

Protest Law and Civil Disobedience

Every day a different protest: Black Lives Matter, Indigenous rights, pipelines, tankers and the environment…

In this 2-hour webinar, Andi MacKay and Martin Peters will lead a discussion on protest law and civil disobedience including questions like:

How is a lawyer to defend a person arrested at a protest or engaged in an act of civil disobedience?
Are there really any viable defences or should a person engaged in civil disobedience take their knocks and move on?

Do common defences vary based on whether an injunction has issued?

What are the powers of the court to punish for contempt?

Can (or should) a lawyer attend a protest?

Effective Oral Advocacy in the Court of Appeal

In this 2-hour presentation, Mr. Justice Frankel of the BC Court of Appeal, Geoff Cowper, Q.C., and Rick Peck, Q.C. will share some practical tips and strategies for making effective oral submissions in the BC Court of Appeal.

This webinar is the fourth part of a series of training sessions on appellate practice skills for criminal law practitioners to be offered by Legal Aid BC, the BC Court of Appeal and Courthouse Libraries BC. While the intended audience is criminal practitioners with minimal experience in appellate practice, lawyers from all areas of practice are welcome to attend.

Métis Legal Issues

This 2-hour webinar will explore some of the history of Métis people in Canada and legal issues specific to Métis people. Our panel will include Justice Ducharme of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Jean Teillet, Senior Counsel with Pape Salter Teillet LLP, and Patricia Barkaskas, Academic Director of the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic.

The panelists will cover a brief history of who the Métis people are, and how the Gladue principles and s. 718.2(e) of the Criminal Code apply to Métis people.