Raising The Bar In Legal Education

Diversity Webinar Series: Does culture colour our courts? (DIVw 102)

  • 02 Jun 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Justice Education Society 260 - 800 Hornby, Vancouver, BC. V6Z 2C5
  • 98


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Diversity Lectures Series:


Does culture colour our courts? (DIV 102) The challenges of the multicultural courtroom


Judicial impartiality and cultural sensitivity: a dichotomy? How can judges maintain impartiality and the appearance of impartiality when conducting proceedings so as to assure equality under the law, and remain informed about changing attitudes and values specially when the parties appearing before them come from different cultures?  Are we creating a tiered justice system when we give consideration and deference to these cultural challenges? These and many other questions will be addressed by our distinguished panel on June 2 at 5:30 pm at the Justice Education Society.

Judge Dossa: "Canadian courtrooms reflect the increasing diversity of Canadian society and lawyer and judges regularly face situations requiring cultural competence and fluency. This session will assist in identifying one's own cultural biases and in understanding intercultural communication styles and contextualize the reality of testimony presented  through interpreters in Canadian courtrooms."

William Smart,QC: "As a criminal defence counsel, occasional prosecutor, and former judge, I would like to share with you my perspective on the challenges our multicultural society poses for the Criminal Justice System in Canada."

Proceeds from this lecture will seed the funding of the expansion of Amici Curiae's Temporary Foreign Worker Uncontested Divorce Project.


5:30 Opening remarks Dom Bautista
5:40 Judge Shehni Dossa of the Provincial Court of BC
6:10 William Smart, QC of Hunter Litigation Chambers
6:40 Question and Answer Period
7:00 Closing remarks Dom Bautista

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CPD: 1.5 hours with 0 hours for practice management.


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