The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law is an international non-governmental association of judges, legislators, lawyers, academics, governmental officials, police and corrections professionals who have come together to work actively on the administration of criminal justice both in their own jurisdiction and internationally.

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Criminal Jury Trials in a Pandemic: International Perspectives

Webinar - January 16, 2021 | 10:00-11:30pm (PDT)
This 1.5-hour panel discussion, organized by the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL) and Courthouse Libraries BC, will take a look at how courts have managed jury trials during the pandemic in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Participants in this webinar can claim up to 1.5 hours of CPD with LSBC. There is no cost to attend this webinar.


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Lord Hugh Matthews, a Senator of the College of Justice and a judge of Scotland's Supreme Courts will share a perspective from the UK on managing jury trials during the pandemic. Defence counsel, Mona Duckett, Q.C., a senior partner with Dawson, Duckett, Garcia & Johnson will speak to her experience with jury trials in Canada during the pandemic. Andrew Warren, State Attorney of Florida's 13th Judicial Circuit will share a perspective from the U.S. Our moderator will be Justice Tammen of the BC Supreme Court.


In an effort to create a forum for dialogue between various stakeholders, the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy and the Vancouver Police Department jointly hosted a one day event, Symposium: Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The day brought together over 175 justice professionals from an assortment of criminal justice sectors and professional backgrounds in British Columbia to discuss the complexities of working with individuals who are mentally ill and who come into contact with the criminal justice system. It provided an opportunity to deliberate some of the challenges and successes of addressing mental illness within the justice system from the perspective of a variety of participating agencies and provoked discussion, collaboration and understanding about this very important topic. The full report is available here.