DATES AND LOCATION
The 2017 Program is taking place at the exclusive Westin Bayshore Resort and Conference Centre, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver. Located in downtown Vancouver on Coal Harbour, the Bayshore is steps away from shopping, dining, entertainment, arts and culture, and set against the natural beauty of the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, with direct access to the city’s world-famous seawall. You can enter the Conference Centre through the main doors or through the hotel.
The Program starts Monday, July 10 at 8:45 am and runs through Friday, July 14 until 11:30 am. Advance check-in takes place Sunday, July 9 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Please try to schedule your arrival in Vancouver to allow advance check-in and avoid the Monday morning line-ups and possible late admission to the Program. The Registration desk where delegates check in either Sunday evening from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm or Monday morning will be in the Conference Centre foyer. Doors to the Conference 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. A light breakfast (coffee and breakfast breads) will be served each morning, and registrants are on their own for lunch.
Registration is online only, in advance, by Visa or MasterCard through this website. 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 Program registration fee is $775 + $38.75 (5%) GST = $813.75 for registrants called to the Bar before 2012, and $495 + $24.75 (5%) GST = $519.75 for registrants called to the Bar 2012 or after.
The registration fee includes attendance at the Program, Program materials (hard copy including USB stick or USB stick only based on your selection during online registration), 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). In the future, registration will include materials on USB stick only and printed materials will be made available at an additional charge.
The Federation has arranged a specially-priced conference delegate block at the exclusive Westin Bayshore Resort. The rate starts at $199.00/night + taxes & fees, and includes in-room internet. The cut-off date for the group rate is June 8, 2017, subject to availability. Delegates are advised to book accommodations early as the group rate is extremely competitive for Vancouver in July, and all rooms will be reserved on a first come-first serve basis. Delegates are advised to contact the resort directly via the front desk or reservations (see below), or to use the booking link. Please remember to state you are with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada National Criminal Law Program.
THE WESTIN BAYSHORE, VANCOUVER
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, BC, V6G 2V4
Hotel: (604) 682-3377
On-line Booking Link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2017NCLP
Registration includes two volumes of materials – papers prepared by faculty members especially for the Program. Program materials are distributed at the time of Program check-in. Materials are distributed either electronically on USB or in print (including USB) based on your selection during online registration. USB sticks will be in the back of the name tags. Printed materials are designed so that you only need to carry one volume each day. Volume I contains the Monday and Tuesday materials, and Volume II contains the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday materials. Program materials have been printed based on selections during online registration – no changes in choice of USB or printed materials will be permitted on-site. If you selected “USB only” at the time of registration, you will not receive printed materials. Please note that if you leave your materials in the Convention Centre overnight, you do this at your own risk. Neither the Program nor the Convention Centre will accept responsibility for any materials left behind.
The Program is a mix of daily plenary or general sessions, with concurrent large group Break-out sessions on Monday and Thursday afternoon, and concurrent smaller Workshop sessions on Tuesday and Thursday morning. In addition, there is a Tuesday and Thursday morning Mentoring Breakfast for registrants with 5 years or less criminal law experience.
Tuesday and Thursday Small Group Workshops
All registrants who, during online registration, did not select the Tuesday and Thursday Writing Workshop, or Tuesday and Thursday Trial Management Workshop, or Tuesday and Thursday French Workshop will be placed into Tuesday and Thursday English small group workshops. Tuesday’s workshop takes place from 11:40 am to 12:30 pm, and Thursday’s workshop takes place from 11:25 am to 12:15 pm. The workshops are led by two faculty members. You will be in the same room on Tuesday and Thursday, but you will have different faculty members each day. Your Tuesday and Thursday workshop group number will be listed on your name tag. Tuesday and Thursday workshop group lists and room assignments, and Tuesday and Thursday workshop problems will be distributed at Program check-in. Please bring the workshop problems with you to the workshops – no additional copies will be provided. Tuesday and Thursday workshops answers may be traded for a completed copy of the program evaluation form at the registration desk beginning at the Thursday afternoon break.
Tuesday and Thursday French Workshop
A French Tuesday and Thursday workshop is available for French-speaking registrants. If you selected the French workshop during online registration, you will have a “French Workshop” notation on your name tag. This workshop takes place the same time as the English workshops Tuesday from 11:40 am to 12:30 pm, and Thursday from 11:25 am to 12:15 pm. The French Workshop will be included in the workshop group lists. The workshop problems will be translated into French – you can ask for these at the Registration desk when you check-in. Please bring the workshop problems with you to the workshops – no additional copies will be provided. You may also pick-up the workshop answers in French – in exchange for a completed evaluation form – beginning at the Thursday afternoon break.
Tuesday and Thursday Persuasive Writing Workshop
The Tuesday and Thursday Persuasive Writing Workshop – two days – takes place the same time as the other Tuesday (11:40 am to 12:30 pm) and Thursday (11:25 am to 12:15 pm) workshops. The workshop is a unique opportunity to learn an issue-driven approach to legal writing, and is suitable for both counsel and judges. If you selected the Writing Workshop during online registration, you will have a “Writing Workshop” notation on your name tag. If you are registered for the Writing Workshop, you simply attend that workshop instead of the regular workshops on Tuesday and Thursday. The Writing Workshop will be included in the workshop group lists. Attendees are invited to submit a writing sample in advance or bring a writing sample to the session, to be used as the basis of a revision exercise.
Tuesday and Thursday Trial Management Workshop
The Tuesday and Thursday Trial Management Workshop – two days – takes place the same time as the other Tuesday and Thursday workshops. Using specific fact scenarios, the workshop will explore how, in the post-Jordan world, cases can be better organized for trial, and what tools counsel can expect trial judges to employ to keep trials on track. If you selected the Trial Management Workshop during online registration, you will have an “Trial Management” notation on your name tag. If you are registered for this workshop, you simply attend that workshop instead of the regular workshops on Tuesday and Thursday. The Trial Management Workshop will also be included in the workshop group lists.
Monday and Thursday Break-out Sessions
There are two Break-out sessions during the Program: Monday from 3:25 pm to 4:25 pm, and Thursday from 3:40 pm to 4:30 pm. Each session offers four Break-outs to choose from. There is no advance registration for break-outs. You will make your break-out selection on site. Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. When the room reaches capacity, we close the doors.
Monday Break-out sessions are as follows:
H.1 Racial Profiling, Police Stops and Warrantless Searches
H.2 The St-Cloud Approach to Bail
H.3 Advocacy Break-Out: Effectively Preparing and Responding to Charter Applications
H.4 Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance **Advanced session, intended for registrants with significant criminal law experience**
Thursday Break-out sessions are as follows:
X.1 The Role and Operation of “Specialized” Courts
X.2 Right to Silence and Self-Incrimination
X.3 Hot Button Charter and Procedural Issues in Impaired Driving Cases
X.4 Controlling the Recidivist Offender **Advanced session, intended for registrants with significant criminal law experience**
Tuesday and Thursday Mentoring Breakfasts
The Tuesday and Thursday Mentoring Breakfasts are an opportunity for senior faculty to interact with registrants with 5 years or less criminal law experience, over a light breakfast, to talk informally about common practice problems encountered by prosecutors and defence counsel, and offer insight based on their own case management experience. Pre-registration during online registration is required. The Mentoring Breakfasts take place at the Conference Centre, Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:45 am to 8:45 am, before the Program begins. The Breakfasts are sponsored by Emond Montgomery.
Sunday First Time Attendee Reception
The First Time Attendee reception is a casual meet and greet designed to give new Program attendees a chance to network with other first-timers and receive information from experienced faculty about the week ahead. If you checked “first-time attendee” during online registration, you will receive an email invitation to the First Time Attendee Reception taking place Sunday, July 9, 2017. The reception begins at 5:30 pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages are included. A cash bar is available for alcoholic beverages. The reception is sponsored by LexisNexis.
Monday Opening Reception
The Program registration fee includes attendance at the Monday Opening Reception, beginning at 4:30 pm in the Currents Pool and Garden area of the Westin Bayshore. This is a popular kick-off event to reconnect with colleagues you haven’t seen in a while, and to start to build new relationships. The reception is sponsored by Thomson Reuters. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages are provided courtesy of the sponsor. There will be a cash bar for alcoholic beverages.
Tuesday Dine Around Town (Option Social Event – Pay-as-you-go)
Dine Around Town is new event in 2017, designed to provide additional opportunities for new and veteran Program attendees to meet in small groups, and have face to face conversations over a meal, outside of the conference. A list of local hosts and their restaurant of choice will be published closer to the Program date, with sign-up sheets. Check back here for more information on this unique opportunity to connect with other attendees, while enjoying local food and hospitality. This is a pay-as-you-go event, not included in the Program registration fee. Bring your wallet!
Wednesday Social Activities (Optional Events, additional charges apply with third party provider)
This year, we will once again be partnering with a local event company to offer a number of unique, West Coast experiences for Program attendees. All activities will take place during the unscheduled Wednesday afternoon, when there are no Program sessions. These are separate third party events, not included in the Program registration fee. There will be an additional cost. Check back here for updates.
Thursday Closing Event and Dinner (Optional ticketed event, additional charges apply during online registration)
This year’s Thursday night closing event and dinner will showcase West Coast traditions and cuisine. This is a ticketed event, not included in the Program registration fee. You will be given an opportunity to sign-up and pay for this event during online registration. You cannot add the event to your registration at a later date, in advance of the Program. If you do not sign up for the event during registration and later wish to attend, you can check with the Registration desk at the program to see if any last-minute tickets are available. Once purchased, tickets for the Thursday closing event are non-refundable. The evening is sponsored by Thomson Reuters.
Many things go on at the Program that wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors and Exhibitors. Please take advantage of the various hosted social events and make the rounds of the Exhibit Area, to learn who they are and what they have to offer, and drop your business card or fill out a ballot for prizes. You can expect an impressive list of draw items – from books that belong in every criminal lawyer’s library to complimentary specialized consultations. You can check all our Exhibitors out, in advance, at their websites below:
Visit Thomson Reuters at the National Criminal Law Program. Drop by their booth for a free trial, and for your chance to enter into our bonus booth draw, learn about discounts on Criminal Law titles, and don’t forget to drop your business card off to enter to win one of eight featured book titles! For more information on what’s happening at their booth visit: www.carswell.com/nclp.
LexisNexis Canada is proud to be back for another year, at the National Criminal Law Program, and to continue to host important events like the First-Time Attendee Reception. Visit their booth at the Program or feel free to contact them at any time to find the legal information and insight solution that’s perfect for your needs. For more information visit www.lexisnexis.ca.
Recovery Science’s innovative bail programs have now enabled nearly 300 pre-trial releases that would otherwise have been detentions. Drop by their exhibit table to learn more and meet one or both of the co-founders, Peter Marshall or Steve Tan, or visit their website at www.recoveryscience.ca.
Orchid PRO-DNA, a division of Dynacare, specializes in forensic DNA testing, including mitochondrial DNA analysis as well as nuclear DNA analysis (Y-STR and STR). Their staff provides expert testimony on all three DNA technologies. Drop by their booth to discuss your criminal case DNA testing needs or check them out online at www.pro-adn.com.
Emond’s Criminal Law Series offers clear, concise guidance on the practical and procedural aspects of criminal law. Ideally suited for members of the criminal bar and judiciary, this collection covers discrete areas of criminal practice, anchored by the expertise of General Editors Brian H. Greenspan and Vincenzo Rondinelli. For a complete list of titles visit: www.emond.ca/professional/criminal-law-series
Wi-Fi and Power Outlets
Free Wi-Fi service is provided throughout the Conference Centre by the Westin Bayshore. The service does not require a password, you just select the Westin network and agree to the terms. There will be a limited number of power outlets in the main plenary room for laptop users. These seats will be marked with a sign that reads “Reserved for laptop users”. Please try to avoid sitting in these seats if you do not require power.
Program t-shirts will be available for purchase for $20, including tax, in the Registration Area in the foyer of the Conference Centre Sunday and Monday. Cash only.
CPD Accreditation 2017
The 2017 Program will be submitted for accreditation in all CPD accrediting provinces. Please return here for updates.
CPD Accreditation 2016
ON: This program (excluding session G.2, Managing Difficult Participants in the Justice System Break-out) has been accredited for 1 hr 30 min Professionalism Content. This program is also eligible for up to 22 hr 0 min Substantive Content.
This program (including session G.2 Managing Difficult Participants in the Justice System Break-out) has been accredited for 2 hr 30 min Professionalism Content. This program is also eligible for up to 21 hr 0 min Substantive Content.
BC: This program has been approved for 23.25 CPD hours, including 45 minutes of ethics.
SK: This program has been approved for 23.5 hours including 1.0 hours of ethics.
NB: This program has been approved for a total of 21.0 CPD hours.
QC: This program is approved for 21.5 CPD hours.
Lawyers in all other provinces may count their actual attendance at the program towards their annual CPD requirement/plan.
2018: July 9-13, St. John’s, NL
2019: July 8-12, Ottawa, ON
Questions? Please contact Program Coordinator Jessica Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 647.352.8733.