EXPERT EVIDENCE IN FAMILY LAW PROCEEDINGS
It is essential that family law lawyers have a firm understanding of the basic principles of expert evidence and assessments, and a familiarity with the jurisprudence in this field.
What is the difference between a participant expert and a litigation expert? What professional obligations are placed on lawyers and experts by Rule 20.1 of the Family Law Rules and when does this apply? Are there different reliability considerations, dependent upon whether the evidence arises in a “hard science” or “soft science” domain? Is the role of an expert different from a professional in a court ordered assessment? How do you challenge an expert whose evidence does not support your case? How has critique evidence been viewed by the courts?
Esteemed law professor, Nick Bala, will address these and other questions. Don’t miss this must-attend program!
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RETHINKING PERMANENCY PLANNING
Justice Ellen Murray has agreed to chair this session. There is no question that an allegation of domestic violence complicates the handling of a family law file. Come share in the discussion and learn more about: how to screen a file for domestic violence; how to assess the risk involved in a specific allegation of domestic violence; how to adjust your advocacy in the face of such allegations, (whether your client is the alleged victim or the alleged perpetrator); and how to work with criminal counsel when your client faces criminal charges.
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