The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law is an international non-governmental association of judges, legislators, lawyers, academics, governmental officials, police and corrections professionals who have come together to work actively on the administration of criminal justice both in their own jurisdiction and internationally.

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Indigenous Courts: A Cross-Jurisdictional Comparison

Webinar - May 28, 2020 from 4:30-6:30pm (PDT)
This 2-hour panel discussion, organized by the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL) and Courthouse Libraries BC, will compare and contrast the work of Indigenous Courts in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Participants in this webinar can claim up to 2 hours of CPD with LSBC. There is no cost to attend this webinar.

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Justice Chamberlain of the Ontario Court of Justice will share a perspective on the Gladue Court in Toronto, Magistrate Previtera of the Magistrates Court of Queensland will share a perspective on the Murri Court, and Judge Davis of the District Court of New Zealand will share a perspective on the Maori Court. These presentations will be followed by a discussion moderated by Prof. Cunliffe of Allard School of Law on the potential future of Indigenous Courts in the respective jurisdictions.


In an effort to create a forum for dialogue between various stakeholders, the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy and the Vancouver Police Department jointly hosted a one day event, Symposium: Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The day brought together over 175 justice professionals from an assortment of criminal justice sectors and professional backgrounds in British Columbia to discuss the complexities of working with individuals who are mentally ill and who come into contact with the criminal justice system. It provided an opportunity to deliberate some of the challenges and successes of addressing mental illness within the justice system from the perspective of a variety of participating agencies and provoked discussion, collaboration and understanding about this very important topic. The full report is available here.