The Program starts Monday, July 9 at 8:45 am and runs through Friday, July 13 until 11:30 am. All sessions will take place at the St. John’s Convention Centre, 50 New Gower Street, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The main plenary will take place in the Bowring Ballroom on the Lobby level. Locations for Tuesday and Thursday Workshops, and Monday and Thursday Break-out sessions are listed in the Registrant Memo you will receive at Program Check-in. Doors to the Convention Centre will open Monday at 7:45 am, Tuesday and Thursday at 7:40 am (for Mentoring Breakfast attendees only, all other attendees should plan to arrive after 8:15 am), and Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 am. Coffee and a breakfast item will be served each morning, and registrants are on their own for lunch.

Advance Check-in takes place Sunday, July 8 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the St. John’s Convention Centre. Please try to schedule your arrival in St. John’s to allow advance check-in and avoid the Monday morning line-ups and possible late admission to the Program. The Registration desk is in the Conference Centre Lobby. 


  • Canada’s largest criminal law conference
  • Nationally recognized faculty of Canada’s finest judges, Crown Prosecutors and Defence Counsel
  • Daily plenary and general sessions
  • Four concurrent large group Break-out sessions on Monday and Thursday afternoon, including a new French Break-out Monday afternoon
  • Five concurrent Workshop sessions on Tuesday and Thursday morning, including choice of English or French Small Group Workshop
  • NEW IN 2018! Password protected intranet so registrants can review and download Program materials in advance, and throughout the conference
  • 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)

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)

Overflow Blocks
JAG Boutique Hotel
Room rate: $189, $199, $269/night + taxes. Includes internet.
115 George St. W.
St. John’s, NL A1C 0B7
Hotel Phone: 1-709-738-1524
Hotel website:
Reservations: 1-844-564-1524 or (Please ask for a National Criminal Law Room)

Murray Premises
Room rate: $199, $219, $259/night plus taxes. Includes breakfast, internet and parking.
5 Beck’s Cove
St. John’s, NL A1C 6H1
Hotel telephone: 1-709-738-7773
Hotel website:
Reservations: 1-866-738-7773 or  (Please quote National Criminal Law Program Room Block)

Alt Hotel St. John’s
Room rate: $189, $199, $200/night + taxes. Includes internet.
125 Water St.
St. John’s, NL A1C 5X4
Hotel website:
Hotel phone: 1-709-383-2125
Reservations: 1-844-625-0123 (please quote group code 1807LAW)

The Registrant Package you will receive at Program Check-in contains the following documents to help you find your way around: floorplans of the Convention Centre, and a map of downtown St. John’s, with a list of nearby restaurants you can consider for lunch each day. For additional information about St. John’s, and Newfoundland and Labrador, please visit the following websites:,, and

Attendees of this year’s Program are entitled to discounts at dozens of participating attractions and businesses. Look for the Program name in shop and attraction windows, and show your badge and save!

Registration includes two volumes of materials – papers prepared by faculty members especially for the Program. The Program materials will be posted on a password-protected intranet operated by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The intranet is designed to be device compatible, so registrants can use a laptop, tablet or smart phone on site to consult the materials. Registrants will be emailed their unique access information the week before the Program. Access will remain active for a two (2) year period, or until July 13, 2020. Program materials on USB were available at an additional cost of $10 + HST, and printed materials were available at an additional cost of $50 + HST, during online registration, before May 4, 2018. Registrations received after May 4, 2018 did not have the option to add a USB or printed materials. Any materials ordered during registration will be distributed at Program Check-in. Your USB, if you ordered one, will be on the back of your nametag. 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. Please note: printed materials and USB sticks were ordered based on selections during online registration – no changes to selections will be permitted now or on site. Finally, 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.

Six of these year’s Program papers were either written in French, or translated from English to French, and assembled into a French Supplement to Volume I and II. The French Supplement will be available on the Federation intranet or on the USB, if you purchased a USB.

If you ordered printed materials and want to ship your materials home, there is a Canada Post location at 354 Water Street, St. John’s. Consider checking ahead to make sure they have boxes and other shipping supplies.

Five concurrent workshops run on Tuesday from 11:40 am to 12:40 pm, and on Thursday from 11:25 am to 12:15 pm. If you did not preselect the French Workshop, Persuasive Writing Workshop, Workshop on Fundamentals of Leading Evidence at Trial, or Advanced Workshop on Managing Complex Criminal Trials,  you were placed into a Tuesday and Thursday English Small Group Workshop. In the Small Group Workshops, two faculty members lead a discussion of scenario based problems, with 20 to 30 registrants. Workshop problems (in English and French) will be available for download in advance via the Federation intranet, and will also available at the Registration desk.

Workshop on Fundamentals of Leading Evidence at Trial – Bowring 2 & 4 (Half of main plenary room)
Advanced Workshop on Managing Complex Criminal Trials – Bowring 1 & 3 (Half of main plenary room)
Persuasive Writing Workshop – Bannerman 2 & 4 (Lobby level)
French Small Group Workshop – Bannerman 1 (Lobby level)
English Small Group Workshop Numbers 1 to 7 – Churchill, Pippy and Victoria Rooms (Upstairs)

There are two Break-out sessions during the Program: Monday from 3:20 pm to 4:20 pm, and Thursday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Each session offers four Break-outs to choose from. You make your break-out selection on site – there is no advance registration. We assign Break-out rooms based on our predictions for which sessions will be most popular but sometimes we get it wrong. When this happens, later arrivals may end up standing. All Break-outs take place on the Lobby level of the Convention Centre as follows:

G.1 French Language Breakout – The Rule in Browne v. Dunn – Bannerman 1
G.2 Evidentiary Issues Relating to Wiretap – Bannerman 2 & 4
G.3 Evidence at Bail Hearings: First Instance, Bail Review and Bail Pending Appeal – Bowring 1 & 3 (Half of main plenary room)
G.4 Acquisition and Use of Third Party Records – Bowring 2 & 4 (Half of main plenary room)

V.1 Managing the Charter-based Admissibility Voir Dire – Bowring 1 & 3 (Half of main plenary room)
V.2 Third Party Suspects and Inadequate Police Investigations – Bannerman 2 & 4
V.3 Evidence in Dangerous Offender Applications – Bowring 2 & 4 (Half of main plenary room)
V.4 Evidence in Y.C.J.A. Prosecutions: Unique Issues – Bannerman 1

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 8, 2018 at the JAG Boutique Hotel, at 115 George St. W., from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Appetizers, courtesy of the sponsor, LexisNexis, are included. A cash bar is available. Attendees should drop by Advance Check-in at the Convention Centre on their way to the reception, and pick up their nametag – your First Time Attendee note is inside.

The Program registration fee includes attendance at the Monday Opening Reception, beginning at 4:30 pm in the Lobby of the Convention Centre. The reception is sponsored by Thomson Reuters. Appetizers are provided courtesy of the sponsor. There will be a cash bar.

Looking for Wednesday afternoon activity ideas? Choose from a wide selection of ticketed historic, marine and hiking tours organized by local tour company, McCarthy’s Party. Some events are already full. Check out full event descriptions and register online here: Please note, these are optional, ticketed events, not included in the Program registration fee, and are administered by McCarthy’s Party.

Join faculty, exhibitors and hundreds of other registrants for one of our special East Coast-style Closing Events in conjunction with McCarthy’s Party. Choose from the famous George Street Rally in the Alley or A Taste of Newfoundland as follows:

George Street Rally in the Alley, 6:30 pm – St. John’s has more bars and pubs per capita than any other city in Canada and most of them are located on the infamous George Street. On this evening the group gets to experience the famous nightlife of downtown St. John’s. There will be a traditional Fish and Chips Dinner, followed by an organized Pub Crawl that features local entertainment and cultural experiences in each venue. The event finishes at a venue with live music and dancing. The cost is $80 + tax. Register here:

A Taste of Newfoundland, 7:00 pm – Newfoundland’s isolation was the mother of all invention in the world of cuisine. Today their traditional recipes are infused with fresh produce, quality ingredients and an appropriate cooking temperature that nudges ‘Grandma’s Kitchen’ into the new world order. On this evening the group will enjoy beer, port and chocolate tastings during tours of Quidi Vidi Brewery, Newman’s Wine Vault, the Newfoundland Chocolate Company, and also the Masonic Temple, where attendees can become honorary Newfoundlanders through the famous Newfoundland “Screech In” ceremony. The cost is $70 + tax.  Register here:

Register soon while you still can! Please note, these are optional, ticketed events, not included in the Program registration fee, and are administered by McCarthy’s Party. Events are sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

If you registered for the Mentoring Breakfasts during online registration, you will have a Tuesday or Thursday Mentoring Breakfast note in your nametag. Over a light breakfast, current and former faculty members will interact with registrants with 5 years or less criminal law experience, to informally discuss common practice and file management problems, as experienced by prosecutors and defence counsel. Breakfasts take place Tuesday and Thursday in the Pippy Room, upstairs in the Convention Centre, from 7:45 am to 8:45 am, before the Program begins. The breakfasts are sponsored by Emond.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the Convention Centre. There are no special instructions, you only have to accept the terms and conditions. There will be a 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.

If you ordered a Program t-shirt during online registration, you will have a t-shirt note in your nametag. Please make sure you drop by the Help Desk and pick your t-shirt up by end of day Monday.

Dress for the Program runs the gamut from casual (t-shirts and shorts) to business attire (slacks and jackets). Wear whatever is comfortable. Some people find the main Plenary room a little cool – consider bringing a light sweater.

This year’s program has drawn an outstanding group of Exhibitors who have provided an impressive list of draw items – from books that belong in every criminal lawyer’s library to complimentary specialized consultations. Drop by the exhibit booths in the Lobby throughout the week and fill out ballots to win. Exhibitors include:

Recovery Science Corporation – Recovery Science bail programs use technology to promote and verify compliance. Location monitoring with GPS and radio-frequency ankle bracelets. Alcohol tests every 30 minutes with the SCRAM ankle bracelet or 2-6 times per day with remote breath testing. It’s working – hundreds of releases and counting. Visit their exhibit table to learn more.

Thomson Reuters – Thomson Reuters provides professionals with the intelligence, technology and human expertise they need to find trusted answers. They enable professionals in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, and media markets to make the decisions that matter most, all powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges (symbol: TRI).

Emond Publishing – New This year! Visit Emond Publishing’s booth and enter a draw to win one of six titles in our Criminal Law Series. These practical and insightful resources cover discrete areas of criminal practice, including sexual offences, digital evidence, youth criminal justice, criminal appeals, fraud, and extradition cases. Anchored by the expertise of general editors Brian H. Greenspan and Justice Vincenzo Rondinelli, this series offers balanced procedural and strategic guidance for members of Canada’s criminal bar and judiciary.

LexisNexis – LexisNexis provides legal research, legal information and workflow solutions for legal professionals & law firms. Visit their booth and pick up a copy of their many hot new releases. Great on-site discount available! Join them at the First Time Attendee Reception on Sunday, July 8, sponsored by LexisNexis Canada. They look forward to seeing you!

CourtCall – New this year! CourtCall is an organized way for busy lawyers to make a telephonic and/or video court appearance remotely from their offices, homes or other convenient locations. CourtCall appearances are suitable for any type of appearance or judicial assignment, which saves valuable times and money, as well as, greatly improving the Access to Justice.

Erika Eriksson Courtwear – In 2007, after many years in the fashion business, notably designing and producing her own line of high-end children’s clothing that sold in most of the major U.S. department stores and in better boutiques across North America, Erika Eriksson decided to concentrate exclusively on made-to-measure courtwear. She has made robes and tabs for judges and lawyers from every Canadian province.  In 2015 she was commissioned to redesign and produce the robes of the judges of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba.

The Program will be accredited in all CPD accrediting provinces. Here are current notices:

  • BC: This program has been approved for 21.75 CPD hours, including 2.5 hours of professional responsibility and ethics, client care & relations, and/or practice management.
  • SK: CPD application is pending.
  • ON: This program has been approved for 21 hours and 45 minutes of CPD, including 2 hours and 25 minutes of Professionalism content.
  • QC: This program has been approved for 21.75 CPD hours. The activity number is: 10105760
  • NB: CPD application is pending.

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

Please check back for updates. Certificates of attendance will be distributed by email, after the Program, to attendees who selected the Québec certificate option during online registration. If you are not sure whether you selected this, you can check with the Help desk.

Nametags and group lists were printed and shipped to the venue in advance. If you have changed your mind about a workshop or you think there has been an error in your workshop selection, please don’t contact us. Simply ignore your nametag notation and choose a different workshop on site. The deadline date for cancellations has passed – refunds are no longer available. If you are registered and can no longer attend and do not show up at the Program, any materials you ordered will be shipped to you from the Convention Centre. If you would like to send a substitute in your place, you can do this up until the Program start time, but you must do this in writing to Your substitute will not appear on the group lists and we may not have a nametag ready for them when they show up, but we will take care of them at the Help Desk.

If you have additional questions please check with us at the Registration in the Lobby of the Convention Centre during Advance Check-in on Sunday evening, and a staff member or volunteer will do their best to assist you. Thank you for joining us. We’re looking forward to a terrific week.

2019: July 8-12, Ottawa, ON