Judge Strikes Down YG Practice on Land Use Fines

A long-standing practice by the Yukon government related to fines for violations of land use regulations was struck down Tuesday.  Territorial court Judge Peter Chisholm ruled the maximum fine for infractions is not the $5,000 the Yukon has been working …

Staffing, Legal Aid Issues Plaguing B.C. Courtrooms: Lawyers

Concerns are being raised about the lack of sheriffs in British Columbia’s courtrooms, a shortfall the provincial attorney general is promising to address. But a prominent criminal lawyer said staffing is only the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes …

Provinces must prioritize legal aid to meet top court’s time limits

Vancouver criminal lawyer Richard Fowler, a member of the board of governors of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., said legal aid cuts have meant senior lawyers can't take on junior lawyers who need training in court so their cases don't get thrown out over mistakes due to inexperience.

Richard Fowler appointed Queen’s Counsel

Congratulations to Richard Fowler on his appointment to Queen’s Counsel.

On December 22, 2015, British Columbia Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton, announced 32 QC appointments. Among these are lawyers who’ve prosecuted high-profile cases, as well as those who’ve advocated for