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All our seminars are accredited for CPD credit with every Canadian Law Society (except Quebec).

The Confessions Rule – Part 2 – Steven Penney

11am MST, Friday, 8 March 2024

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Following up on Part I of this two-part seminar, Professor Penney will present Part II of his exploration of the Confessions Rule, which will cover specialized topics in the admissibility of statements, including voluntariness voir dires; the “derived confessions” rule and the “fresh start” doctrine; the issue of corroborated involuntary confessions (the “St Lawrence rule”); and the admissibility of “Mr. Big” statements.

Steven Penney is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. Born and raised in Edmonton, he received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. He researches, teaches, and consults in the areas of criminal procedure, evidence, substantive criminal law, privacy, and law and technology. He is co-author of Criminal Procedure in Canada and co-editor of Evidence: A Canadian Casebook, a member of the advisory boards of the Alberta Law Review and Canadian Journal of Law & Justice, and Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies advisory board.

R v Jordan – Dealing with Unreasonable Delay – Laura Metcalfe

11am MST, Friday, 12 April 2024

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In R. v. Jordan, 2016 SCC 27, the Supreme Court of Canada fundamentally changed the way in which s.11(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was going to be interpreted and applied.  Laura will highlight the relevant issues and authorities in a post-Jordan world. She will also provide practical tips to protect an accused’s right to a fair trial within a reasonable time.

Laura Metcalfe practices criminal, administrative, and constitutional litigation at Addario Law Group LLP. She has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario and British Columbia. Laura co-authors “A practical guide to the Charter: Section 10(b)” and “A practical guide to the Charter: Section 11(b)” together with Alan D. Gold and Michael Lacy. She is a contributing author to the Law of Objections. She regularly speaks regularly on criminal law issues. Laura is a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association’s (CLA) Board of Directors, including co-chair of the CLA’s Women’s Committee.

Cross-Examination with Kyla Lee

11am MST, Friday, 10 May 2024


Based on the methods in her book, Cross-Examination: The Pinpoint Method, Kyla will break down the skills and processes necessary to craft a killer cross examination. This seminar will cover how to prepare your cross-examination, dealing with different types of witnesses, difficult witnesses, the ethics of cross-examination, and how to elicit all the evidence you need to make a strong case.

Kyla Lee is a prominent criminal defence lawyer and impaired driving lawyer in Vancouver BC. Kyla is known for her knowledge of the Immediate Roadside Prohibitions. She has appeared as counsel in all levels of Court in BC and as lead counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is the author of Cross-Examination: The Pinpoint Method and Immediate Roadside Prohibitions in Western Canada on LexisNexis.


Sexual Assault Update

11am MST, Friday, 14 June 2024

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The law governing sexual assault trials evolves more quickly than most people can keep up. In this seminar, Peter Sankoff will discuss the latest trends and developments. Expect to hear updates about “myths and stereotypes”, the law governing s 276, the records regime and more. 


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