The Canadian Bar Association British Columbia

The Canadian Bar Association British Columbia

April 24, 2009 18:41 ET

Vancouver Law Day: Public Forum and Events

Access to Justice - Public Confidence in the Justice System

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - As the culmination of the Law Week activities held across British Columbia, the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association will host Law Day (http://www.cba.org/lawweek/locations/main/vancouver.aspx) on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Vancouver Public Library.

Daily we read and hear about the shocking rise in gang violence, the rampant misuse of drugs on the streets and in our schools, and reports of 'criminals' being released on bail and handed meaningless short jail sentences, if any at all. In the face of all of this, the public confidence in our system of justice appears to have suffered a serious blow.

On Saturday, April 25th from 10AM to 3PM all residents of the Greater Vancouver area are invited to the Central Vancouver Public Library, located at 350 West Georgia Street (between Homer, Hamilton and Robson Streets) to learn what the justice system is doing to keep the public safe on the streets and in their homes, while upholding the rights of all Canadians that are guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Information will also be available on the resources accessible within the legal community and what the legal community can do for you.

The Law Day activities include a public forum at 1:30PM featuring CBC broadcaster Ian Hanomansing as the moderator and a panel consisting of such notables as:

- The Honourable Chief Justice Brenner, Supreme Court of British Columbia

- The Honourable Chief Judge Stansfield, Provincial Court of British Columbia

- Superintendent Warren Lemcke, Vancouver Police Department

- Assistant Commissioner Peter German, RCMP

- Peter McKnight, Columnist, The Vancouver Sun

The panel will provide open and frank presentations and they will also answer the questions put to them by the members of the public in attendance. Following the forum, reporters are invited to interview the panelists.

The Law Day Open House will also include the mock trial Regina v Frankenstein, interesting and informative displays from a variety of legal organizations, free law classes courtesy of the People's Law School, and a Citizenship Ceremony presided over by Chief Justice Finch.

For more information about BC Law Week please visit our website at: www.bclawweek.org.

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