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


The 4-1-1 on section 490 (Detention of Property by Police)

11am MDT, Friday, 5 July 2024

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This seminar will explore section 490 of the Criminal Code and explain strategies for defence lawyers at each stage of the process. Topics will include: how to strategically communicate with investigators; navigating sections 490(2), (3), and (9.1) applications; strategies for pursuing return orders; and the overlap with civil forfeiture applications. The seminar will also address developing areas of the law relating to detention of electronic data, following the judgment in R. v. Teixeira, 2022 BCSC 344.

Garen Arnet-Zargarian is a criminal defence lawyer practicing in Vancouver, B.C., and the founder of Coast Legal. Garen has successfully represented clients at all levels of Court in British Columbia, on charges including assault, sexual assault, impaired driving, drug charges, kidnapping, manslaughter, and murder. Since 2018, Garen has been a Director of the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society in B.C. In his role as a Director, he handles media communications and testified on behalf of CDAS at Parliament in relation to the 2023 bail amendments.

Navigating the SOIRA Regime

11am MDT, Friday, 13 September 2024

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For better or worse, Sex Offender Identification Registry Act (SOIRA) Orders used to be straightforward. Convicted of sex assault? Here comes the order. The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v Ndhlovu changed everything. In this seminar, Peter Sankoff, who has run a number of SOIRA exemption applications will talk about the new regime. He’ll explain in detail when it’s worth fighting the order, how to terminate an existing order, how to apply for an exemption, and when you might even want to run a constitutional challenge. Learn everything you need to know about SOIRA orders from the man who has dealt with every type of application there is!

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