CPD training

Searching for Precedents: Maximizing your efficiency

Join Courthouse Libraries BC staff for a 1-hr webinar on locating precedents for your practice. We will share some tips for how to locate precedent materials such as pleadings, contracts and forms using these resources:

  • Pleadings, Motions and Facta collection on Lexis Advance Quicklaw;
  • O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms on Westlaw Canada;
  • CLEBC's Precedents on CLE Online; and
  • Court Services Online.

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1hr of CPD with LSBC.


October 19, 2021


12:30 - 1:30 pm (PT)



Stolen Lives: The Perils of False Guilty Pleas

In 1992, Maria Shepherd was 21 and pregnant when she chose to plead guilty, despite being innocent, to manslaughter in the death of her three-year-old stepdaughter. Ms. Shepherd will describe the circumstances that led her to make this choice, the devastating impact it had on her and her family's life and her 30-year fight to clear her name.

This will be followed by a discussion between a panel of experienced members of the criminal justice system on topics such as: How often do false guilty pleas occur? What are the known factors that contribute to them? What can judges, Crown attorneys and defence counsel do to prevent them?

This 2-hour webinar is co-sponsored by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Heads of Prosecutions Sub Committee on the Prevention of Wrongful Convictions and Courthouse Libraries BC.

Participants may claim up to 2 hrs of CPD with LSBC, including 0.5 hours of Ethics credit.

Simultaneous translation in French will be provided.


November 24, 2021


12:00 - 2:00 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.

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