This seminar was designed for judges hearing criminal matters and canvassed recent developments in criminal law with a focus on the challenges for trial judges.
The objectives of this seminar were to provide an update on the latest significant criminal law developments and enhance skills in trial management. This program addressed a combination of substantive law, social context issues, and skills development based on a variety of recent and emerging topics in Canadian criminal law. Judges benefited from interacting with criminal law experts to increase their knowledge while developing practical skills.
Led by experienced judges, legal academics with expertise in criminal law, and members of the Bar from both the Crown and Defence, the seminar used a combination of presentations and interactive discussions to cover the following topics: the scope of judicial powers to manage trials, in particular, measures to avoid undue delay in the post-Jordan context; adjudicating sexual assault trials involving intoxication or a history of sexual offences, including relevant social context; managing examination and cross-examination of witnesses; sentencing; and applications for long-term and dangerous offender status.
Judicial participants had the opportunity to apply the concepts discussed during the seminar by using fact scenarios, instant response questions and discussion with their peers.