Thank you for joining us for the 2019 National Criminal Law Program. This page should contain everything you need to successfully participate in the Program.

GENERAL INFORMATION

REGISTRATION FEES
$775 + $100.75 (13%) HST = $875.75 for registrants called to the Bar before 2014
$495 + $64.35 (13%) HST = $559.35 for registrants called to the Bar 2014 or after

The registration fee includes program attendance, program materials (electronic materials only via a password-protected intranet operated by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada via a password protected intranet), daily breakfast item and coffee, and refreshment breaks, Sunday First Time Attendee Reception (for first time attendees, cash bar) and Monday end of day reception (cash bar).

REGISTRATION

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

All group blocks at the Westin Ottawa and Fairmont Chateau Laurier are full.

 PROGRAM DATES AND LOCATION

The Program starts Monday, July 8 at 8:45 am and runs through Friday, July 12 until 11:30 am. All sessions will take place at the Westin Ottawa Hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario. The main plenary will take place in the Confederation Ballroom, located on the fourth floor. Locations for Tuesday and Thursday Concurrent Sessions, and Monday and Thursday Concurrent Break-outs are listed on this page and in your Registrant Information Package you will receive when you check-in. Doors to the Confederation Ballroom will open Monday at 7:45 am and Tuesday through Friday at 8:15 am. Coffee and a breakfast item will be served each morning, and you are on your own for lunch.

ADVANCE PROGRAM CHECK-IN

Advance check-in takes place Sunday, July 7 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm in Governor General I, on the fourth floor of the Westin Ottawa. Please try to schedule your arrival in Ottawa to allow for advance check-in so you can avoid the Monday morning line-ups and possible late admission to the Program.

REGISTRATION AND HELP DESK

Registration and Help Desk assistance are available at the following times and locations: 

Sunday, July 7                   3:30 pm to 6:30 pm                          Governor General I, Fourth floor, Westin Ottawa
Monday, July 8                   7:45 am to 1:00 pm                          Governor General I, Fourth floor, Westin Ottawa
Monday, July 8                   1:00 pm to 4:30 pm                          Nunavut, Fourth floor, Westin Ottawa
Tuesday, July 9                  8:30 am to 4:30 pm                          Nunavut, Fourth floor, Westin Ottawa
Wednesday, July 10           8:30 am to 12:00 pm                        Nunavut, Fourth floor, Westin Ottawa
Thursday, July 11               8:30 am to 4:30 pm                          Nunavut, Fourth floor, Westin Ottawa
Friday, July 12                    8:30 am to 11:00 pm                        Nunavut, Fourth floor, Westin Ottawa

FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND

The Registrant Package you will receive at Program check-in will contain the following documents to help you find your way around: floorplans of the Conference Centre, and a map of downtown Ottawa, with a list of nearby restaurants you can consider for lunch each day. For additional information about Ottawa, please visit the Ottawa Tourism website at: www.ottawatourism.ca.

OTTAWA BADGE PASS PROGRAM

The Flash Your Badge Program grants you and a guest access to discounts and special offers at participating attractions, tours, and restaurants. There is no registration required to use the program – you simply present your badge at participating retailers to receive the advertised discount. The Flash Your Badge Program is a paperless service. You can find everything you need at the Flash Your Badge Program website here: www.ottawatourism.ca/fyb.  

PROGRAM MATERIALS – INTRANET

Registration includes two volumes of materials – papers prepared by faculty members especially for the Program. The Program materials are posted on a password-protected intranet operated by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The intranet is designed to be device compatible, so you can use a laptop, tablet or smart phone on site to consult the materials. You were be emailed your unique access information the week before the Program. Access will remain active for a two (2) year period, or until July 12, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: We strongly recommend that you download the full materials from on the Intranet home page to your device, before arriving at the Program. The Westin Ottawa only offers public WI-Fi in the lobby on the main floor. There is no public Wi-Fi on the fourth floor where the Program is taking place.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM MATERIALS – PRINT & USB

Program materials on USB were available at an additional cost of $20 + HST, and printed materials were available at an additional cost of $125 + HST, during online registration, before May 3, 2019. Registrations received after May 3, 2019 did not have the option to add a USB or printed materials. Any materials ordered during registration are distributed at 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’s were ordered based on selections during online registration – no changes to selections will be permitted on site. Finally, please note that if you leave your materials in the main plenary room overnight, you do this at your own risk. Neither the Program nor the Westin Ottawa will accept responsibility for any materials left behind.

FRENCH SUPPLEMENT

Nine of this year’s Program papers were written in French and assembled into a French Supplement to Volume I and II. The English translations of those nine papers are in Volume I and Volume II of the Program materials. The French Supplement is posted to the Program intranet and is also on the USB. 

SHIPPING OF PROGRAM MATERIALS HOME

If you ordered printed materials and want to ship your materials home, there is a Canada Post location at 58 Sparks Street and a UPS Store at 207 Bank Street. Consider checking ahead to make sure they have boxes and other shipping supplies.

WI-FI AND POWER OUTLETS

Public Wi-Fi is available in the lobby of the Westin Ottawa (or in your guest room if you are staying at the Westin). The network name is ‘Westin_LOBBY’. Once you’re connected it will bring you to a splash page where you will need to click the ‘Connect’ button. You do not need to be a hotel guest to access the network. PLEASE NOTE:  There is no public Wi-Fi on the fourth floor of the Westin where the Program is taking place so we strongly recommend that you download the full materials from the intranet (located in the ‘Resources’ section) to your device, before arriving at the Program. 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.

PROGRAM T-SHIRTS

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

DRESS CODE

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.

EXHIBITOR DRAWS

This year’s exhibitors include Thomson Reuters, Emond Publishing, LexisNexis, Recovery Science Corp., Erika Erikkson Courtwear, and Court Call. Exhibitors have provided an impressive list of draw items – from books that belong in every criminal lawyer’s library to complimentary specialized consultations. Drop by their booths in the foyer throughout the week and fill out ballots to win.

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. Drop by their booth to get special Program discounts or look for their booth staff at the Monday Opening Reception and Thursday night Social Events!

Emond Publishing – Visit Emond Publishing’s booth and enter a draw to win one of six titles in their 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 Brian H. Greenspan and Justice Vincenzo Rondinelli, this series offers balanced procedural and strategic guidance for criminal practitioners. Emond is this year’s Mentoring Breakfasts sponsor!

LexisNexis LexisNexis is dedicated to their customers, to innovation and to the rule of law. They’re committed to delivering information and workflow solutions to Canadian legal professionals to make their work lives easier. 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 7. They look forward to seeing you!

CourtCall – 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. Drop by their booth and learn more!

Erika Eriksson Courtwear – In 2007, after many years 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. Stop by and get measured!

CPD ACCREDITATION

Applications for CPD hours for the 2019 Program have been made in all accrediting jurisdictions. Current status is as follows:

BC: This program is approved for up to 23.25 CPD hours, including 2 hours and 45 minutes (2.75 hours) of professional responsibility and ethics, client care & relations, and/or practice management hours. Additional professional responsibility and ethics, client care & relations, and/or practice management hours are available for attendance at the following optional sessions:

  • G.2 Managing and Assisting Self-Represented Litigants Break-out – This session is approved for 1.0 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care & relations, and/or practice management.
  • Tuesday Mentoring Breakfast (Focus on Practice Management) – This session is approved for 1.0 hour of professional responsibility and ethics, client care & relations, and/or practice management.
  • Thursday Mentoring Breakfast (Focus on Maintaining Professional Relationships) – This session is approved for 1.0 hour professional responsibility and ethics, client care & relations, and/or practice management.

ON: This program is eligible for up to 23.25 CPD hours. Confirmation of Professionalism hours is pending. Results are expected by the end of July 2019.

SK: This program has been approved for up to 22.0 CPD hours, including 5.0 Ethics hours as follows:

  • Opening Presentation:  Current State of the Criminal Justice System – 1.0 Ethics hour
  • G.2 Managing & Assisting Self-represented Litigants – 1.0 Ethics hour (Optional session)
  • Tuesday Mentoring Breakfast – 1.0 Ethics hour (Optional session)
  • Q. Ask Me Anything about Ethics: A Roundtable Discussion of Difficult Ethical Problems – 1.0 Ethics hour
  • T. Guest Lecturer:  Indigenous Persons and the Administration of Justice – 0.75 Ethics hours

NB: CPD application is pending.

QC: CPD review is pending.

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

Please check back for updates.

SESSION DETAILS

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 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. Please consult the floorplans in the Registrant Information Package you will receive at Program check-in, when trying to find your Break-out rooms. Break-out rooms on Monday and Thursday are as follows:

Monday

  • G.1 Human Trafficking – Provinces (Fourth floor)
  • G.2 Managing and Assisting Self-represented Litigants (French Language Break-out) – Ontario (Third floor)
  • G.3 Impaired Driving and Other Vehicular Offences – Confederation II and III (Fourth floor, part of main plenary room)  
  • G.4 Firearms Offences – Confederation I (Fourth floor, part of main plenary room)    

Thursday 

  • X.1 Prosecuting and Defending Regulatory Offences – Confederation II and III (Fourth floor, part of main plenary room)
  • X.2 Conspiracy and Other Inchoate Crimes – Provinces (Fourth floor)
  • X.3 Procedural Issues Specific to Jury Trials – Confederation I (Fourth floor, part of main plenary room)                           
  • X.4 Abuse of Process and Other Charter-based Defences (French Language Break-out) – Governor General I (Fourth floor)

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Concurrent sessions run on Tuesday from 11:40 am to 12:30 pm, and on Thursday from 11:25 am to 12:15 pm. If you did not preselect French Small Group Workshop (either day), Persuasive Writing at Trial (Tuesday), Prosecuting and Defending Peace Officers (Tuesday), Persuasive Writing on Appeal (Thursday), or Youth Prosecutions: Complex Issues (Thursday), you were automatically placed into a Tuesday and Thursday English Small Group Workshop. In the Small Group Workshops, two faculty members will 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 (K.1.1 and U.1.1 in the Program Materials). The problems are also in the printed materials and on the USB. Additional copies are available at the Registration desk. Answers (in English and French) to the workshop problems will be available beginning Thursday afternoon at the Registration desk, in exchange for completed evaluation forms. Please consult the floorplans of the Westin Ottawa you will receive at Program check-in, when trying to find your Concurrent Session rooms. Concurrent Session rooms on Tuesday and Thursday are as follows:

Tuesday

  • Persuasive Writing at Trial – Provinces (Fourth floor)
  • Prosecuting and Defending Peace Officers – Confederation Ballroom (Fourth floor, main plenary room)
  • French Small Group Workshop – Ontario (Third floor)
  • English Small Group Workshop Numbers 1 to 5 – Fourth floor rooms as posted
  • English Small Group Workshop Numbers 6 & 7 – Third floor rooms as posted
  • English Small Group Workshop Number 8 – Second floor

Thursday

  • Persuasive Writing on Appeal – Provinces (Fourth floor)
  • Youth Prosecutions: Complex Issues – Confederation Ballroom (Fourth floor, main plenary room)
  • French Small Group Workshop – Ontario (Third floor)
  • English Small Group Workshop Numbers 1 to 5 – Fourth floor rooms as posted
  • English Small Group Workshop Numbers 6 & 7 – Third floor rooms as posted
  • English Small Group Workshop Number 8 – Second floor


TUESDAY AND THURSDAY MENTORING BREAKFASTS

If you registered for the Mentoring Breakfasts during online registration, you will receive a confirmation email in advance, and you will have a Tuesday and/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. Tuesday’s breakfast will focus on practice management issues. Thursday’s breakfast topic is establishing and maintaining professional relationships, including managing inter-personal conflicts. Breakfasts take place Tuesday and Thursday in Governor General II, on the fourth floor of the Westin Ottawa, from 7:45 am to 8:45 am, before the Program begins. The Mentoring Breakfasts are sponsored by Emond.

 SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

 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 7, 2019 at the Cornerstone Bar and Grill, at 92 Clarence St, Ottawa., from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Appetizers, courtesy of the sponsor, LexisNexis, are included. A cash bar is available. Drop by advance check-in for the Program at the Westin Ottawa on your way to the reception, and pick up your nametag – your First Time Attendee note is inside.

MONDAY OPENING RECEPTION

The Program registration fee includes attendance at the Monday Opening Reception, beginning at 4:30 pm in Governor General I and II, on the fourth floor of the Westin Ottawa. The reception is sponsored by Thomson Reuters. Appetizers are provided courtesy of the sponsor. There will be a cash bar.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SIGHT-SEEING ACTIVITIES

On Wednesday, the Program ends at 12:00 pm. Explore spectacular downtown Ottawa on your own and discover why it draws visitors back again and again, or find the perfect group walking, cycling, coach or coach tour through one of Ottawa’s many local tour operators. You can check out a number of activities managed by third parties here: https://flsc.ca/national-criminal-law-program/national-criminal-law-program-2019-social-activities/ Please note, these are optional, ticketed events, not included in the Program registration fee.

THURSDAY CLOSING EVENTS – GET YOUR TICKETS BEFORE THEY’RE GONE!

This year’s Program features two special Closing Events, taking place Thursday, July 11, 2019. These are excellent opportunities to wind up the week in a fun, casual setting with new and old friends. Please note these are optional ticketed events, not included in the Program registration fee. Additional fees apply. Early registration is recommended – both events have limited enrolment and are expected to sell out in advance.

City Beers in the Capital – Brew Donkey Brewery Tour

Visiting from out of town? See the city through the bottom of a pint glass! Experience the rich flavour and traditions of Ottawa in an entirely new way with the City Beers Tour! Join local host Brew Donkey Tours and explore behind-the-scenes of three award-winning Ottawa breweries. Taste different brews at each location and enjoy local favourites Suzy Q donuts, Le Twist Fresh Pretzels, and Farm Fresh Boy wraps as you are driven around the city by an expert guide. Close off this year’s Program with delegates, faculty and sponsors during this fun and informative night on the town – and let someone else do the driving! Pick-up and drop-off is at the main entrance of the Westin Ottawa at 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON. Boarding at 5:45 pm (bus leaves at 6:00 pm sharp). Return to Westin at approximately 10:15 pm. $82.00 + HST per person. Guests are welcome. REGISTER HERE: https://www.brewdonkey.ca/products/city-beers-in-the-capital-flsc-event  

Ottawa River Dinner Cruise – Capital Cruises

Experience Ottawa from a new perspective! Join faculty, exhibitors and delegates for a special evening Dinner Cruise along the Ottawa River, with Capital Cruises. Roam about the enclosed and open-air decks to find your ideal sightseeing spot, and then socialize and dine, and take in the legends that have helped Ottawa-Gatineau blossom into the cities we know and love today. Hot buffet includes chicken in a dijonnaise sauce, roast beef au jus, choice of sides and salads, vegetable and dip platters, rolls, assorted desserts, and coffee and tea. A vegetarian alternative will be offered. One alcoholic beverage is included, followed by a cash bar. Departure location is the Gatineau Dock in Jacques Cartier Park at 160 rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC near the Canadian Museum of History. Approximately 10 -12 minutes by cab or Uber, or 20 -25 minutes walking from the Westin Ottawa. Boarding is at 6:45 pm with departure at 7:00 pm. Return to Jacques Cartier Park around 10:00 pm. $82.00 + HST per person. Guests are welcome. REGISTER HERE: https://events.myconferencesuite.com/Ottawa_River_Cruise_with_Dinner/reg/landing  

Register soon while you still can! Events are sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS

Name tags and group lists were printed and shipped to the venue in advance. If you have changed your mind about a session or you think there has been an error in your selections, please don’t contact us. Simply ignore your nametag notation and choose a different session on site. In the same way, if you registered after June 23, your name tag may not have a notation and you may not appear on the group lists in the Registrant Information Package. Again, simply choose your session 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 Westin Ottawa. 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 nclpcoordinator@flsc.ca. 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.

 QUESTIONS

If you have additional questions please check with us at the Registration desk in Governor General I on the fourth floor of the Westin Ottawa during advance check-in on Sunday evening. A staff member or volunteer will do their best to assist you.

 FUTURE PROGRAMS

July 6 to 10, 2020 – Victoria, BC
July 5 to 9, 2021 – Halifax, NS

CONTACT INFORMATION

Julie Begbie, Program Coordinator
nclpcoordinator@flsc.ca
613.852.4264