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The Ethics of Lawyering in Sexual Assault Cases
Wed, 15 March 2017, 6:10 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
A year later, the trial and acquittal of Jian Ghomeshi in March 2016 continues to stir controversy about the Canadian criminal justice system’s handling of sexual assault cases. The question which ethical norms should govern defence counsel in these cases is among the many still contentious issues, as evidenced by the recent controversy surrounding an invitation extended to Ghomeshi’s defence lawyer, Marie Henein, to give a university lecture.
This Centre for Ethics event (rescheduled from February 13) aims to stimulate thoughtful public debate about the important and complex ethical issues raised by sexual assault cases in the criminal process, including not only the role of defence attorneys, but also that of other systems participants, notably prosecutors and judges.
Elaine Craig, Associate Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Author of “The Ethical Obligations of Defence Counsel in Sexual Assault Cases” (2014) & “The Ethical Identity of Sexual Assault Lawyers” (2016)
Alison Craig, Partner, Lockyer Campbell Posner, Toronto (Discussant)
For Ontario lawyers, this program contains 1 hr 50 min Professionalism Hour(s)