CPD training

Indigenous Peoples and the Law (Series of 6 webinars)

This is a series of six free webinars put on by Courthouse Libraries BC in partnership with the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ).  The webinars, which will be broadcast between October 2020 and March 2021, have been designed to initiate discussion and pave the way to CIAJ’s national conference on the same topic to take place in Vancouver in November 2021.

The next webinar in the series will look at "Looking at British Columbia’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act" and will take place on November 4, 2020. This webinar which will be in English with simultaneous interpretation. It will be moderated by Professor Bradford Morse and include Regional Chief Terry Teegee, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (Takla Lake First Nation);  Professor Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe), Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia; Senior Associate Counsel, Woodward & Company (Muskeg Lake Cree Nation)

A detailed outline of all 6 webinars can be found here:

Indigenous Peoples and the Law

All of the webinars will be broadcast from 12:30pm – 2:00pm (PDT) and are scheduled for the following dates:

  1. October 14, 2020: Overview of the Progress of the Calls to Action (In English, with simultaneous interpretation)
  2. October 21, 2020: The Next Stages of Indigenous Governance in Quebec (In French, with simultaneous interpretation)
  3. November 4, 2020: Looking at British Columbia’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (In English, with simultaneous interpretation)
  4. January 20, 2021: Discussing the Promises and Problems with the Act respecting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children, Youth and Families (In English, with simultaneous interpretation)
  5. February 17, 2021: Investigating the Indigenous Languages Act (In English, with simultaneous interpretation)
  6. March 10, 2021: Court Changes after the COVID-19 Pandemic and Indigenous Cultural Relevancy (In English, with simultaneous interpretation)

Registration is required and will take place through the CIAJ.  The registration form can be found here: https://ciaj-icaj.ca/en/upcoming-programs/webinar-series-indigenous-peoples-and-the-law/

During the registration process, you will have the option of selecting which of the six webinars you would like to register for. Registration for an individual webinar will close at 9am (PDT) on the day prior to the broadcast.

Helping Criminalized Women Reduce Vulnerability: Workshop on Criminal Record Suspension 

This 90-minute webinar for lawyers is organized in conjunction with Asian Women for Equality Society (AWCEP). The purpose of this session is to provide information on the Record Suspension application process with a focus on assisting clients with completing the Measurable Benefit/Sustained Rehabilitation Form to improve chances of success. Participants will gain understanding of the application process and the barriers that women deal with as a result of criminal convictions for prostitution and other poverty related convictions; dual arrests in domestic violence; and drug possession. We will discuss how a record suspension can help marginalized women access more options in life. 

The webinar presenters will be Grace Balbutin and Daniel Song. Participants in this webinar can claim up to 1.5 hours of CPD credit with the LSBC, including 1.5 hours of Practice Management credit.  

We will be offering a session on this topic for legal advocates and front line service providers on December 9, 2020. 


November 25, 2020


12:30 - 2:00 pm PDT



Civility in the Criminal Bar: 2nd Annual Lunch & Learn

This year the 2nd Annual Civility Lunch for federal and provincial Crown Counsel and criminal defence counsel is going virtual and will be hosted by the Courthouse Libraries BC. 

This 2-hour webinar will start with a presentation on civility by the Honourable Judge Sutherland of the BCPC. This will be followed by a perspective from Bencher Pinder Cheema, Q.C. and life Bencher Phil Riddell, Q.C.. 

To bring a 'real life' practical perspective to this learning session, we will have a discussion of criminal file civility scenarios led by Madam Justice Duncan of the BCSC, defence counsel Kasandra Cronin, Q.C., PPSC Crown Alexandra Rice, and BCPS Crown Don Montrichard. 

Participants in this webinar can claim up to 2 hours of CPD credit, including 2 hours of ethics credit. 


December 2, 2020


1:00 - 3:00 pm PT



More CPD opportunities

Archived webinars

Archived webinars are organized by topic. If you plan to review a previously recorded course for CPD credit, it is your responsibility to ensure that your review of the course meets the Law Society of BC's criteria for Approved Education Activities.

Legal research course

This course, which is eligible for CPD credit, is a series of videos that demonstrate how to plan a research strategy and employ specific research skills.  In the videos we show you how to use popular legal research tools that are free (CanLII) or that you can use for free at the BC Courthouse Libraries. 

Take the course (including self-assessment quiz questions) on the Law Society Online Learning Centre.

In-person training

Tours and training are available by appointment in our Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Prince George, and Victoria branches.

Please contact the library branch directly or email training@courthouselibrary.ca to make an appointment.

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