National Criminal Law Program

CrimLawbannerOCT2015waterE


Substantive Criminal Law, Advocacy, and
the Administration of Justice
July 4 – 8, 2016

(Advance check-in on Sunday, July 3, 2016)

Prince Edward Island Convention Centre, 18 Queen Street, Charlottetown

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS PDF 

Brochure on Optional Social Activities for Wednesday, July 6

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED.

If you are registered for the 43rd National Criminal Law Program, the following advance information will help you successfully participate in the Program.

PROGRAM DATES AND LOCATION
The Program starts Monday, July 4 at 8:45 am and runs through Friday, July 8 until 11:30 am. All sessions will take place at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre, 18 Queen Street, Charlottetown. The entrance to the Convention Centre is at street level on Queen, and through the Delta Hotel. Registration is in the Convention Centre foyer. The main plenary will take place in the Confederation Ballroom on the main level. Doors to the Convention Centre will open Monday at 7:45 am; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:15 am; and Friday at 8:45 am. Coffee and breakfast breads will be served each morning, and registrants are on their own for lunch.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE
Taxis can be in short supply at the Charlottetown Airport so we have arranged an exclusive shuttle service for NCLP attendees, with Coach Atlantic. Please look for signs with the Federation logo and NCLP name inside and outside the airport. The shuttle will stop at or near Federation blocked hotels. The cost is $9 per person, one way.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION – PLEASE CHECK IN SUNDAY
Please try to come through Advance Registration to avoid the Monday morning line-ups and a late arrival at the Program. Advance Registration takes place at the Convention Centre on Sunday, July 3 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Monday is a very busy day. If for any reason there is a question about your registration or a change is required to your name tag, you will receive more attention on Sunday.

PROGRAM MATERIALS
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.

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY SMALL GROUP WORKSHOPS
All registrants not participating in the Tuesday and Thursday Writing Workshop, or Tuesday and Thursday Anatomy of a Homicide Workshop, or Tuesday and Thursday French Workshop have been placed into Tuesday and Thursday 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 has been added to this year’s Program 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 takes place in the Johnson Room on the Delta Mezzanine level. The French Workshop will be included in the workshop group lists. The workshop problems have been translated into French – you can ask for these at Registration. 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 WRITING WORKSHOP
The Tuesday and Thursday Writing Workshop – two days – takes place the same time as the other Tuesday and Thursday workshops. The Writing Workshop will take place in the Sir John A. Room on the main level of the Convention Centre. 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 bring a writing sample as the basis of a revision exercise.

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY ANATOMY OF A HOMICIDE WORKSHOP
The Tuesday and Thursday Workshop on Anatomy of a Homicide – two days – takes place the same time as the other Tuesday and Thursday workshops. The Anatomy of a Homicide Workshop will take place in the MacDonald, Coles, Gray Rooms (most of Confederation Ballroom), on the main level of the Convention Centre. If you selected the Anatomy of a Homicide Workshop during online registration, you will have an “Anatomy of a Homicide” notation on your nametag. If you are registered for this workshop, you simply attend that workshop instead of the regular workshops on Tuesday and Thursday. The Anatomy of a Homicide Workshop will 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. You will make your break-out selection on site. There is no advance registration and 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:

  • G.1 Human Trafficking – Sir John A. (portion of Confederation Ballroom)
  • G.2 Managing Difficult Participants in the Justice System – Henry/Johnson (Delta Mezzanine level)
  • G.3 Alcohol Driving and Other Vehicular Offences – MacDonald, Coles, Gray (most of Confederation Ballroom), Main level
  • G.4 Appellate Advocacy – Palmer (portion of Confederation Ballroom)

Thursday break-out sessions are as follows:

  • W.1 The Rowbotham Application – Henry/Johnson (Delta Mezzanine level)
  • W.2 Conspiracy and Other Preliminary Crimes – Sir John A. (portion of Confederation Ballroom)
  • W.3 Advocacy Before Juries – MacDonald, Coles, Gray (most of Confederation Ballroom), Main Level
  • W.4 Charter-Based Defences and Abuse of Process – Palmer (portion of Confederation Ballroom)

FIRST TIME ATTENDEE RECEPTION
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 3, 2016 at the Great George Hotel, 58 Great George Street, just a few minutes’ walk, adjacent to the Convention Centre. The reception begins at 6:30 pm.  Appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, and a signature drink, courtesy of the sponsor, LexisNexis, are included. A cash bar is available for additional alcoholic beverages. The reception is restricted to first-time attendees and faculty; you must be listed on the event registration roster.

MONDAY OPENING RECEPTION
The Program registration fee includes attendance at the Monday Opening Reception, beginning at 4:30 pm in the Harbourview Rooms and Terrace, on the main floor of the Convention Centre. The reception is sponsored by Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages are provided courtesy of the sponsor. There will be a cash bar for alcoholic beverages.

OPTIONAL WEDNESDAY SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
This year, we have partnered with Experience PEI to offer a number of unique, Island experiences for Program attendees. All activities take place during the unscheduled Wednesday afternoon, when there are no Program sessions. If you missed the change to register by the June 27 cut-off date, Bill and/or Mary Kendrick will have a booth set up during Advance Registration on Sunday to try and accommodate any late takers.

THURSDAY LOBSTER DINNER
This year’s Thursday night social event, the Closing Lobster Dinner, is taking place at Peakes Quay, just a few minutes’ walk, behind the Convention Centre. This is a ticketed event, not included in the Program registration fee. The dinner starts at 6:30 pm. Entrance is through the front or upstairs patio door. A handful of tickets will be available for cash sale ($65 plus HST), on a first-come, first-served basis, at the Registration desk in the foyer of the Convention Centre. These will likely run out Sunday so please try to come through Advance Registration. The evening is sponsored by Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business.

NEW THIS YEAR – TUESDAY AND THURSDAY MENTORING BREAKFASTS
This year we have added two Mentoring Breakfasts for junior counsel to the Program. Senior faculty will interact with registrants called to the bar 5 years or less, 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. Breakfasts take place Tuesday and Thursday in the Archibald/Campbell Room on the main floor of the Convention Centre, from 7:45 am to 8:45 am, before the Program begins. Pre-registration is required. These sessions are sponsored by Emond Publishing.

WI-FI AND POWER OUTLETS
Free Wi-Fi service is provided throughout the Convention Centre by the Delta. The service does not require a password, you just select Delta 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 SHIRTS
Program t-shirts will be available for purchase for $20 in the Registration Area in the foyer of the Convention Centre Sunday and Monday. Cash only.

EXHIBITOR DRAWS
This year’s exhibitors have provided an impressive list of draw items – from books that belong in every criminal lawyer’s library to complimentary specialized consultations.

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 welcomes all conference delegates! Visit their booth for a demonstration of Lexis Advance Quicklaw or CaseMap and receive a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card, plus they’ve got exclusive print titles for sale. In case you don’t make it to their booth you can request a demo by visiting http://www.lexisnexis.ca/pei/ .

Recovery Science’s innovative bail programs have now enabled over 240 pre-trial releases that would otherwise have been detentions. Visit their exhibit table to learn more and meet co-founder Steve Tan

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.

CPD ACCREDITATION

ON: This program has been accredited for 50 minutes of  Professionalism Content.  This program is also eligible for 22 hours and 40 minutes of 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: CPD hours are pending.

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

Certificates of attendance will be distributed electronically to Québec attendees in August.

CONTACT

Questions? Please contact Program Coordinator Jessica Grant at jmgrant@rogers.com.

FUTURE PROGRAM

  • 2017: July 10-14, Vancouver, BC
  • 2018: July 9-13, St. John’s, NL