The 2018 Program is taking place at the brand new, state-of-the-art St. John’s Convention Centre. Located at 101 New Gower Street in downtown St. John’s, overlooking the water.  The Convention Centre is steps away from shopping, dining, entertainment, arts and culture, and the Delta St. John’s Hotel.  You can enter the Convention Centre through the main doors or the downtown Skywalk.

The Program starts Monday, July 9 at 8:45 am and runs through Friday, July 13 until 11:30 am. Advance check-in takes place Sunday, July 8 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Please try to schedule your arrival in St. John’s to allow you to check-in advance and avoid the Monday morning line-ups and possible late admission to the Program. Delegates may check-in for the Program either Sunday afternoon or Monday morning in the Convention Centre foyer. Doors to the Convention Centre will open Monday at 7:45 am; Tuesday and Thursday at 7:40 am (to allow for the Mentoring Breakfasts); and Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 am. Coffee and a breakfast item will be served each morning, and registrants are on their own for lunch.

2018 Program registration fees, based on the 2017 fees, will be $775 + $116.25 (15%) HST = $891.25 for registrants called to the Bar before 2013, and $495 + $74.25 (15%) HST = $569.25 for registrants called to the Bar 2013 or after. The registration fee includes attendance at the Program, Program materials, daily light breakfast and refreshment breaks, the Sunday First Time Attendee reception (for first time delegates, cash bar), and the Monday Opening Reception (cash bar). At the time of this posting, a decision has not been made on the form of the Program materials. It’s possible that printed materials will not be offered for the 2018 Program, and that materials will be offered in electronic format only.

Registration is online only, in advance, by Visa or MasterCard through this website. Registration should be open by January 2, 2018. If you do not have a Visa or MasterCard you can obtain a prepaid card through most major financial institutions. Organizations may register multiple delegates at one time. A valid email is required to register. Confirmations and receipts will be sent by email. No registration will be processed without the required payment in full.

The Federation has arranged a specially-priced conference delegate block at the Delta St. John’s Hotel, 120 New Gower Street, St. John’s. The rate starts at $239.00/night + taxes & fees, and includes in-room internet. The cut-off date for the group rate is June 4, 2018, subject to availability. Delegates are advised to book accommodations early as the group rate is extremely competitive for St. John’s in July, and all rooms will be reserved on a first come-first serve basis. Delegates are advised to contact Reservations first. Please remember to state that you are with the Federation of Law Societies.

The Delta St. John’s Hotel
120 New Gower Street
St. John’s, NL, A1C 6K4
Hotel website:
Hotel phone: 709-739-6404
Reservations: 1-888-793-3582 (please quote group name Federation of Law Societies)


  • Canada’s largest criminal law conference
  • Nationally recognized faculty of Canada’s finest judges, Crown Prosecutors and Defence Counsel
  • Daily plenary and general sessions
  • Concurrent large group Break-out sessions on Monday and Thursday afternoon
  • Concurrent smaller Workshop sessions on Tuesday and Thursday morning
  • Tuesday and Thursday morning Mentoring Breakfast for registrants with 5 years or less criminal law experience
  • Sunday First-Time Attendee Reception (cash bar)
  • Monday Opening Reception (cash bar)
  • Optional Wednesday social activities in partnership with McCarthy’s Party (Optional events, additional charges apply with third party provider)
  • Thursday Rally in the Alley Pub Crawl and alternative closing event in partnership with McCarthy’s Party (optional ticketed events, additional charges apply with third party provider)

A number of opportunities exist for relevant service providers to profile their products or services with conference delegates. These include:

  • Exhibit Booth
  • Welcome Reception Sponsor
  • Sunday First-time Attendee Reception Sponsor
  • Monday Opening Reception Sponsor
  • Thursday Closing Event Sponsor
  • Tuesday and Thursday Mentoring Breakfast Sponsor
  • WiFi/Internet Sponsor

For more information please contact Program Coordinator Jessica Grant at  or 416-455-0880.

CPD Accreditation 2017

ON:This program is eligible for up to 21.75 CPD hours, including 4 hours and 25 minutes of Professionalism content.
BC: This program has been approved for 21.75 CPD hours, including up to 5.25 hours of ethics, client care and relations, practice management and professionalism content.
SK: This program has been approved for 21.5 hours including 4.5 ethics hours.
NB: This program has been approved for 21.0 CPD hours.
QC: This program has been approved for 21.75 CPD hours. Activity number 10105760. Certificates of Attendance were issued to Quebec attendees by email in August. If you did not receive yours, please contact the program co-ordinator, Jessica Grant, at

Lawyers in all other provinces may count their actual attendance at the program towards their annual CPD requirement/plan.

2019: July 8-12, Ottawa, ON

Questions? Please contact Program Coordinator Jessica Grant at or at 416.455.0880.