Prosecution and Defence of Sexual Offences 2018

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Your preparation for the special evidentiary and advocacy issues involved in sexual offences

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Friday, March 8, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm via webinar

(Original Course Date November 17, 2018) 

Who should attend: Criminal lawyers, both crown, and defence at all levels of experience, along with law enforcement officers, are encouraged to attend this extensive and important course.  This course will also be of interest to counsel who handle civil sexual assault litigation.

Learning level: Intermediate

Sexual assault presents unique challenges for both defence and prosecution. As the law evolves to reflect new understanding of the experiences of different complainants, practitioners must carefully balance the rights and defences of the accused with accommodations for complainants.

This crucial one-day course will explore the complex law dealing with sex-related crimes. You will receive an in-depth review of relevant evidence and practice from experts including a forensic toxicologist, forensic biologist, a forensic nurse examiner, and experienced counsel. Uniquely, in addition to a view from the Bench, you will also hear from a sexual assault victim who will give her perspective on the justice system and her experiences.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the legal framework of sexual crimes: the complex law, including defences, sentencing, and mandatory minimums
  • manage the evidence of experts who investigate sexual offences: including forensic toxicologists, forensic nurse examiners, and forensic biologists/DNA experts
  • utilize best practices and practical tips for dealing with testimonial accommodation and pretrial applications including applications for third party records or private records of the complainant
  • refine and hone your trial advocacy skills on cross-examination of complainants (including children), closing submissions, applying R v. W(D), and sentencing
  • understand the view from the bench and the views of a sexual assault victim, and the implications for the perspective and role of counsel

Join us and get up to speed on the many facets shaping current sexual offence prosecution and defence.  

Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 6 hours (including a minimum of 1 hour involving professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management)

Course Chairs
Lisa J. Helps — Helps Law Corporation, Vancouver
Winston L. Sayson, QC — Crown Counsel, Ministry of Attorney General, Surrey


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Raymond Lee

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