Red Deer gets new Defence Lawyers Association

  • Apr. 29, 2015 2:50 p.m.

A new Red Deer Criminal Defence Lawyers Association has been established – the first of its kind in the City. There are similar organizations in Edmonton and Calgary that have been around for many years.

President Jason Snider said the purpose of the Association is allow local defence lawyers to have a unified voice on various issues.

“There have been a lot of changes in the court system in the past while and there are a lot of changes in how the court dockets are run, issues with disclosure and all types of different things,” said Snider. “It just seemed to be the time that defence lawyers needed to have more of a unified voice to try and address the issues and help the court system as a whole while still respecting the rights of the people who are subject to the system whether they are defendants or witnesses alike.”

After a town hall in January, where a number of defence lawyers attended, Snider said the decision was made to go ahead and form the Red Deer Criminal Defence Lawyers Association.

“It was time – defence lawyer voices just don’t seem to be heard around the table because there wasn’t a unified voice. When the judges have been going through the new Court Case Management System over the last couple of years, they haven’t had someone to really turn to from the defence bar. They’ve been really doing it on an ad-hoc basis. With the space crunch Red Deer is also facing, there have been some procedural changes to the court system to try and address the capacity issues that the court system is having. They needed the input with the practitioners that are dealing with system from day-to-day.”

He added one of the mandates adopted by the Calgary and Edmonton Associations and what the Red Deer Association is looking at doing as well is providing feedback to the media and public on issues when they arise.

“There is from time to time for lawyers who work in the system to provide some input to the media or otherwise about what is happening in the court system. There is an educational component in that we want to help the general public understand why the system functions the way it does.”

Currently there are 22 members of the Association and Snider said he hopes the membership will continue to grow.

“The members of the Association are of course quite positive of the start (of the Association). As other lawyers in the area that practice criminal law realize the Association exists, I’ve been getting universal uptake. I haven’t had any person yet who practices criminal law who said they are not interested in joining,” said Snider. “Some of the lawyers that are a little further afield have also been joining the Association.”

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities play The Vat April 27th

Moose Jaw band is on a 39-day national tour from Quebec City to Vancouver

Council highlights

Council to fund Rimbey Boys and Girls Club for $15,000

WATCH: Second annual Our Best To You Craft Sale on now

Red Deerians can expect over 150 artisans, makers and designers

Red Deer RCMP look for James Holley on warrants

Holley is believed to be in possession of firearms

‘Battle of the Badges’ charity hockey game raises funds for Humboldt Broncos

Red Deer Emergency Services and RCMP will play hockey for a good cause

WATCH: ‘Battle of the Badges’ event raises money for Humboldt Broncos

Red Deerians get together at charity hockey tournament April 20th at Servus Arena

Child’s body found in river downstream from where boy went missing during flood

Three-year-old Kaden Young was swept out of his mother’s arms in February

Austin Powers ‘Mini-Me’, Verne Troyer, dies at 49

Facebook page confirmed his death Saturday afternoon

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

Speed Skating Canada fires coach Michael Crowe after investigation

Crowe was a coach on the American team from 1983 to 1991 and again from 1999 to 2006

5 things to know about the ongoing influx of asylum seekers in Canada

Number of illegal border crossings are up this year – as RCMP, military, politicians try to combat

Producer, DJ Avicii found dead at 28

Swedish-born artist Tim Bergling, was found in Muscat, Oman

Trudeau ends 3-country tour with global reputation, alliances intact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds footing on the world stage after China and India controversies

Most Read