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Virtual Lunch & Learn - Drug Treatment Court Vancouver

  • Friday, November 26, 2021
  • 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
  • MS Teams

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Join the Honourable Judge Dhillon, Federal Crown Counsel, Dorsa Melnyk, and Defence Counsel, Debra Carpentier for an information and discussion session on Vancouver's Drug Treatment Court. 

Friday, November 26, 2021

12:45 pm to 1:45 pm via MS Teams

The session will cover the following:

  • the eligibility requirements
  • types of files accepted 
  • overview of program
  • roles of duty counsel and defence counsel


Judge Dhillon

Judge Dhillon is the primary judge sitting in DTCV, which operates out of Provincial Court every Tuesday and Thursday in courtroom 303 at 222 Main Street. In 1999, Judge Dhillon became the first Indo-Canadian female judge to be appointed to the Bench in BC and in Canada. Prior to her appointment, Judge Dhillon worked as a civil litigator with Bull, Housser, & Tupper. During the same period, Judge Dhillon served on the Board of the BC Civil Liberties Association and was also an active member of West Coast LEAF. Judge Dhillon also taught civil litigation at UBC, where she also graduated from law school. 

Debra Carpentier

Debra Carpentier is our DTCV duty counsel and has held that position since January 2015. Debra went to law school at Osgoode in Toronto and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980 and to the BC Bar in 1982 and has worked as criminal defence counsel on the regular 222 Main Street duty counsel roster, in Downtown Community Court, and as criminal duty counsel for the Bella-Bella, Bella-Coola and Klemtu circuit for many years.

Dorsa Menlyk

Dorsa Melnyk is the DTCV Crown. Dorsa obtained her JD from the University of Victoria in 2015, and was called to the Bar in 2016. After graduating from Law School she spent approximately 18 months in Dawson Creek, where she worked in family law, criminal defence, and civil litigation. In December of 2016 she began working as an Agent of the Federal Crown in Surrey.  She joined PPSC in-house counsel in January of 2021 and took over DTCV in March of 2021.

This event will qualify for 1 hour of CPD Credit.

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