CBA Criminal Justice Conference 

Apr. 6, 2019
Vancouver BC

Presented by the CBA Criminal Justice Section


The one thing certain about a criminal trial: there will be witnesses. With that certainty, comes the uncertainty of what the witnesses will say, and whether they will prove beneficial or harmful to your case.

Join us in Vancouver to hear our panels of experienced judges and counsel give you advice on how to prepare, lead and cross-examine witnesses in bail hearings, preliminary inquiries and the trial itself. Learn how to deal with those witnesses likely to cause real difficulties in your case including the recanting witness, the Vetrovec witness, the vulnerable witness, the police and the accused. As usual, we will lead off with our very popular visual fact scenario raising issues that will be addressed by the panels throughout the day.

And this year, we are privileged to have The Hon. Justice Sheilah Martin of the Supreme Court of Canada join our program as a keynote speaker and panelist.

As well as covering substantive and procedural law, each session will have a segment devoted to professional ethics and/or practice management. 


On-line registration is now open. To register online (credit card only) please click the REGISTER NOW button on the right-hand side of the page. 

BC Crown Registrants: Please contact Cindy Kinghorn, Professional Development Assistant, at for information and to register for the conference.

Be Green: We encourage everyone to register electronically. If you encounter any issues, please contact

Please note your registration will not be processed until payment has been received.

Conference Rates




CBA Members

$490.00 + taxes



$290.00 + taxes


Young Lawyers

$445.00 + taxes



$590.00 + taxes


There will be a 20% administrative charge for any cancellation received in writing prior to March 6, 2019. No refund will be given after March 6, 2019. There will be no refunds for "no-show" registrants.

Meeting Venue and Accommodations 

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC
V6C 2W6

Did you know that booking your stay at the conference hotel using the channels below allows the CBA to keep overall conference costs down, and pass these savings on to our delegates? The CBA guarantees a minimum number of bedroom bookings to the hotel, and rooms booked outside our block put us at risk of paying a penalty. Your choice of hotel for this conference has a direct impact on the association, and we appreciate your help by booking in the official conference room block.

Reserve your room online here or by contacting the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver directly at 1-800-441-1414 and mention the CBA Criminal Conference to obtain the preferred rates starting at $219.00 per night plus tax.

The preferred room rate is available until March 4, 2019 (subject to availability). 


AIR CANADA: Book online to take advantage of a 10% discount on Tango Plus, Latitude and Executive airfares. You must quote promotion code 79GUG7Y1 at the time of booking and must book online.

WESTJET: WestJet is pleased to offer 5% off Econo and 10% off Flex and Plus fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo, 5% off Flex and 10% off Plus base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Vancouver. You must use the discount code V30ZY17 at the time of booking and you must book online.

AVIS, the official rental car supplier of the CBA, offers several special rates. Reserve online or call 1-800-525-7537 and quote the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) #C136499.

Budget, the official car and truck rental supplier of the CBA, offers special rates and promotions. Reserve online or call 1-800-842-5628 and quote the Budget Customer Discount Code (BDC) #A033600.



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Kalli Foster
CBA National Office 

(613) 237-2925 
1-800-267-8860 Ext. 107