2019 Child Protection Program - Part 2 of 4
November 29, 2019
Jointly presented with the Court of Queen’s Bench Judges and the Provincial Court Judges

Dauphin Provincial Court Experience
Over the past few years there has been a significant reduction in child protection matters appearing in Dauphin Provincial Court; resolution is frequently happening at the docket level. This panel discussion will give you direct insight into new approaches taken by parents’ counsel, Agency counsel and the Court to facilitate the communication and collaboration that leads to the successful resolution of files. The panellists, along with the moderator, share not only their philosophical views on how best to achieve resolution but also discuss tangible steps, such as:

  • When and why to request particulars
  • Weekly teleconferences between agency and parents’ counsel
  • Email communication from counsel to the court in the days just prior to docket
  • Flexibility and quicker access to court time

Moderator: Judge Christine Harapiak, Provincial Court of Manitoba

Desiree Dorion, Dawson & Bretecher
Terrance DeLaronde, Cochrane Saxberg Barristers & Solicitors

Intake Court and How to Prepare an Effective Brief
This panel discussion emphasizes the importance of an effective Intake Court Brief. The moderator notes the valuable role it plays in the court process and the pursuit of a possible resolution of the case. Discusses the purpose the Brief serves for the parents, the agency, and their respective counsel, in preparing for court, and how a well-written Brief assists the judge. You will hear from three experienced counsel who regularly appear in Intake Court, each sharing the perspective of one of the three main parties to a child protection matter; parents’ counsel, agency counsel and counsel for the child. They discuss the sample, “road-map” Intake Court Brief they each prepared, with their recommendations about the content to include in each section. You will want to hear their practical tips on how to write an informative but concise Intake Court Brief.

Moderator: Justice Kaye E. Dunlop, Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench, Family Division

Darryl Buxton, Myers LLP
Meredith Mitchell, Legal Aid Manitoba-Child Protection Law Office
David Joycey, Barrister & Solicitor

CPD hours: 1.25 | EPPM hours: 0.25 | Price: $60.00 + GST = $63.00