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Surrey Inns of Court 2022

  • Thursday, September 29, 2022
  • Thursday, February 02, 2023
  • 6 sessions
  • Thursday, September 29, 2022, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2022, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, November 10, 2022, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • Thursday, December 01, 2022, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • Thursday, January 12, 2023, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • Thursday, February 02, 2023, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • Morgan Creek Golf Course - Creekside Room
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  • Registration is restricted to lawyers called 6 years or less.


Open to all lawyers called 6 years or less practicing in the Fraser region.  



Partnering with a faculty roster of local judges and experienced counsel, we are pleased to formally announce the Surrey “Inns of Court" mentoring program that will be held over 6 evenings at Morgan Creek Golf Course Creekside Room commencing September 29, 2022 and continuing monthly until February 2, 2023.

The Surrey Inns of Court was established in the long standing inherited English tradition of our profession fostering meaningful and lasting mentoring relationships between junior lawyers and experienced counsel and judges, to promote professionalism and competence.   

All sessions will include discussions of topics relevant to newer counsel along with ample time to connect with senior colleagues and members of the bench over dinner and/or canapés. 

Cost for the entire series of 6 sessions is $350.00.  This includes meals on four of the evenings and canapés for two evenings along with 12 hours of CPD credit (incl. 2 hours of ethics/practice management).

Participants are expected to attend all sessions where possible.


Session #1 - September 29, 2022 - General Practice

  • Collegiality and Decorum
  • Communications with other counsel/colleagues 
  • Communications with the Court
  • Working/ dealing with self-represented litigants 
Session #2 - October 20, 2022 - Ethics & Integrity
  • BC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Conflicts of interest: clients and the court
  • Ethical dilemmas: instructions from clients; instructions from other lawyers; navigating situations where you perceive a conflict, but the other side doesn't; and managing situations where your own self-interest doesn't align with your client's interest or your duty to the court
Session #3 - November 10, 2022 - Preparation and Presentation of Your Case
  • Knowing your case and developing a theory
  • Drafting documents: correspondence with clients, opposing counsel and the Court; pleadings, minutes of settlement, court orders, and agreements; and bringing the theory of your case to life in your correspondence and pleadings
  • Planning and organizing your case for solid and effective presentation
  • Preparing and presenting compelling oral and written argument
Session #4 - December 1, 2022 - Expert Witnesses
  • The expert's duty to the court, client's and counsel.
  • Ensuring a properly qualified expert – duty of the lawyer and dangers – case study of J.P. v. British Columbia (Children and Family Development) 2018 BCCA 325 and the role of the Court – White Burgess Langille Inman v. Abbott and Haliburton Co., 2015 SCC 23 ; R v. Scott, 2018 BCSC 1739.
  • Proper qualification of experts and the dangers of straying outside of permissible bounds
  • Disclosure challenges and ethical obligations in family, civil and criminal matters
  • Views from an expert

Session #5 - January 12, 2023 - Advocacy Part 1

  • Preparing and presenting an opening (live demonstration/ discussion)
  • Preparing and presenting direct examination (live demonstration/discussion)
Session #6 - February 2, 2023 - Advocacy Part 2
  • Preparing and presenting cross examination (live demonstration/discussion)
  • Preparing and presenting closing address (live demonstration/discussion)

* While this program is geared towards lawyers called six years or less, consideration will be given to others.  Enquiries should be directed to Cheryl Stanley or Mike Fortino.

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