Jointly presented by the Law Society of Manitoba, The Court of Queen’s Bench Family Division Judges and The Manitoba Bar Association, Family Law Section.

Are you puzzled by the rapid proliferation of social media apps? Uncertain as to how the court will treat the newest form of electronic evidence?

Then join us for informative presentations on the latest technologies and social media apps, how they are being used in the family law context, a discussion of the evidentiary and ethical issues they raise, and guidance on how to proceed. Then we’ll shift gears to focus on the intersection between family law and criminal law matters. Hear from defense counsel, Crown counsel and a family law practitioner about how to manage your family law file when one of the parties has a concurrent criminal matter underway and gain a better understanding of the common issues and processes.

2017 JOINT FAMILY LAW PROGRAM - Part 1 of 4
March 10, 2017
             

Electronic Evidence and Illegally Obtained Evidence
This session will answer some of your pressing questions, such as:

  • “The Cloud” – what is it and what are the risks & hype
  • When electronic evidence is illegally obtained, what steps should you take in dealing with it and how should you proceed?
  • Best Practices – what you can do to ensure confidential information is kept secure on your desktop/ laptop, smartphone/ iPhone and/ or Tablet/ iPad and USBs
  • Is the illegally obtained evidence admissible
  • Other methods of obtaining electronic evidence and how to introduce it into court

Presenter: Kristen Normandin, Normandin Law

CPD hours: 0.75
EPPM hours: 0.25 

Price: $35.00 + GST = $36.75

2017 JOINT FAMILY LAW PROGRAM - Part 2 of 4
March 10, 2017

Panel on Evidence Obtained via Technology
This diverse panel will address the following issues:

  • An overview of basic Canadian privacy law obligations, including private sector privacy laws, Manitoba’s statutory privacy tort and emerging common law torts, and how they apply when evidence has been obtained through technology in the context of family law proceedings
  • Tales from the trenches and lessons learned
  • The Winnipeg Police Service’s policy for handling electronic evidence

Moderator: Judge Carena Roller, Provincial Court of Manitoba

Panel:
Justice Lore Mirwaldt, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench (Family Division)
Randall Horton, Deeley Fabbri Sellen Law Corporation
Andrew Buck, Pitblado Law LLP 
Daryn Laminman, Winnipeg Police Service 

CPD hours: 1.25
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $45.00 + GST = $47.25

2017 JOINT FAMILY LAW PROGRAM - Part 3 of 4
March 10, 2017

Practice Management Issues and Case Scenarios Related to Electronic Evidence and Illegally Obtained Evidence
This experienced panel will address the following issues:

  • Tips on how to handle the initial client interview
  • Discussion of case scenarios, including common ethical issues
  • Challenges posed by Facebook and other social media sites
  • How to deal with electronic evidence, including emails, text messages, videos and recorded phone messages provided on thumb drives
  • Effective use of Exhibits
  • How to avoid having your Orders rejected

Moderator: Connie Petersen, Petersen King Law Corporation

Panel:
Justice Marilyn Goldberg, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench (Family Division)
Terry Beley, Fishman Beley Family Law Associates

CPD hours: 0.75
EPPM hours: 0.75

Price: $35.00 + GST = $36.75

2017 JOINT FAMILY LAW PROGRAM - Part 4 of 4
March 10, 2017

Criminal Evidence in Family Law Cases: The Key Issues Every Family Lawyer Needs to Know
Topics Include:

  • How you can and cannot make use of criminal evidence in the family law proceeding (and vice versa)
  • When is a Wagg motion available and how to use it
  • Requesting disclosure from the police
  • Other methods of obtaining electronic evidence and how to introduce it into court
  • Issues of “lawyer as witness” in the criminal context
  • Evidence Act protections for questioning and trial related issues
  • Evidentiary precautions to avoid jeopardizing the criminal proceeding for the accused or the victim

Presenter: Richard Niman, Niman Gelgoot and Associates

The Intersection between Family Law and Criminal Law: Practice Management Issues
An experienced panel discussing the following issues:

  • Types of Orders and how and when to apply for variation
  • Domestic violence charges and the various issues that arise
  • When do harassing social media posts and phone calls cross the line and become criminal?
  • Can Home Assessment Reports and child protection documents be used in criminal proceedings?
  • Should you represent a client in both their criminal and family matter?

Moderator: Jessica Dillon, Tapper Cuddy LLP

Panel:
Richard Niman, Niman Gelgoot and Associates
Jennifer Mann, Manitoba Justice, Prosecutions Division
Josh Weinstein, Myers Weinberg LLP

CPD hours: 1.5
EPPM hours: 0.25

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50