Top opinion leaders to speak at youth justice forum

May 26, 2008

Join the Law Society of BC on Wednesday, June 25 for a free public forum: Voices on Youth Justice. Panellists include Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Representative for Children and Youth in BC, Provincial Court Judge Nancy Phillips and retired youth corrections officer and author Gordon Cruse.

Turpel-Lafond will be speaking about some preliminary findings of her Office's upcoming youth justice report and her extensive experience with vulnerable youth as a Provincial Court Judge in Saskatchewan. Judge Phillips is the Administrative Judge at Robson Square Provincial Court where she hears a variety of cases, including family and criminal matters involving youth. She has worked on youth matters for nearly two decades -- as Crown counsel, as a defence lawyer and now as a judge. Cruse spent 26 years supervising young offenders in Victoria and listening to their own unique stories. He is the author of Juvie: Inside Canada's Youth Jails.

Mark Forsythe, host of CBC Radio's BC Almanac program, will be the moderator. The forum is presented in partnership with CBC, the Society for Children and Youth of BC, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks.

Wednesday, June 25
6:00 - 8:00 pm (registration at 5:30 pm)

Law Society building, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver

How to register
Email by June 18, 2008 or call 604-669-2533 to guarantee your attendance at the free public forum. For more information, contact Dana Bales, Communications Officer, at 604-443-5708 or, or contact Susanna Tam, Equity and Diversity Coordinator, at 604-443-5727 or

Family rules consultation

Consultation on the proposed new Supreme Court Family Rules continues. View the submissions received and add your voice to the on-line forum on a Justice Review Task Force (JRTF) website. Court staff, judicial staff and members of the judiciary, mediators, lawyers, paralegals, users of the justice system and others are encouraged to provide feedback to the JRTF by June 30, 2008.