Firm Partners Present at 2016 Conferences, Committees, and Seminars

Peck and Company Barristers has a proud tradition of  promoting ongoing legal education. Throughout 2016, the firm’s partners presented at several prominent criminal law conferences and legal education seminars.

Richard C.C. Peck, Q.C. was appointed as Vice Chair of the Law Society of British Columbia’s Legal Aid Task Force in June 2016 and in November, he presented at the Legal Aid Colloquium in Vancouver. Mr. Peck spoke at the National Criminal Law Program, held by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (the “Federation”) in Charlottetown, PEI in July 2016.  Mr. Peck was an instructor at the Inns of Court program. In addition to professional conferences, Mr. Peck volunteered as an instructor to Allard School of Law students in the Allan MchEachern Course in Advanced Trial Advocacy.

In his role as a Bencher for the Law Society of British Columbia, Jeffrey T. Campbell, Q.C. lectured on professional ethics at the Law Society Professional Legal Training Court in June 2016. That same month, he also presented on ‘Police Interrogations and the Right to Silence’ for a Criminal Law CLE program. Mr. Campbell spoke at the Osgoode National Symposium regarding search and seizure laws, and volunteered as a Guest Speaker on ‘Preventing Wrongful Convictions’ at the Allard School of Law.

As a Federation Faculty Member, Eric V. Gottardi presented at the National Criminal Law Program. Having acted as lead counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada for the landmark decision of R. v. Jordan, Mr. Gottardi discussed the laws of unreasonable delay at a CLE event put on by the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia in November. Mr. Gottardi is also a regular legal commentator for CBC and other media outlets.


Peck and Company Wins Landmark SCC Decision on Unreasonable Delay; R. v. Jordan

Eric V. Gottardi and Tony C. Paisana successfully represented Mr. Barrett Jordan in his application for unreasonable delay at the Supreme Court of Canada. The resulting landmark decision of R. v. Jordan, 2016 SCC 27 rewrote the laws surrounding unreasonable delay, overturning the previous cases of R. v. Morin and R. v. Askov. This case protects the rights of all accused to access justice in a reasonable time.

Link to the full decision:

Richard C. C. Peck, Q.C. featured in The Advocate



Founding partner Richard C.C. Peck, Q.C. was featured in the May 2015 edition of The Advocate. The article profiles Mr. Peck’s career, the many contributions he has made to the legal profession and the criminal justice system, and the support he has received from his family.

Firm Partners Present at 2015 Conferences and Committees

Throughout 2015, the partners of Peck and Company presented at prominent criminal law conferences and House and Senate committees.

In August, Eric Gottardi attended the Uniform Law Conference of Canada (“ULCC”) in Yellowknife, NWT., as part of the Canada delegation.  At the conclusion of this year’s conference, Mr. Gottardi was elected Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the ULCC and joined the Executive Committee for 2016. Eric Gottardi will preside over the criminal side of the conference in Fredericton in August 2016.

Jeff Campbell and Eric Gottardi presented at the 2015 International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference featured lawyers, judges and criminal justice systems from around the world addressing contemporary issues of criminal law reform. Jeff Campbell discussed the role of flawed expert testimony leading to wrongful convictions. Eric Gottardi outlined the challenges of human trafficking cases and how Canada has implemented international protocols to prevent and punish human trafficking.

Richard Peck, Q.C. and Eric Gottardi presented at the 42nd National  Criminal Law Program in Edmonton, Alberta.  Eric Gottardi  participated in a panel discussing the leading common law evidence cases.  Richard Peck, Q.C. delivered a presentation on defence counsel’s ethical duties in interviewing witnesses.

In April, Eric Gottardi hosted and co-chaired the 4th Annual National Criminal Law Conference for the CBA. The topics included various aspects of Canadian criminal procedure and evidence. The faculty is always comprised of judges from across the country. The prior program can be viewed here:

In the Spring of 2015, Eric Gottardi testified twice as an expert witness before the House and Senate committees examining the government-sponsored terrorism legislation, Bill C-51.  In his role as president of the National Criminal Section of the Canadian Bar Association, Mr. Gottardi presented a lengthy report on the Bill, calling on the government to make several crucial amendments to Bill C-51. The Report can be viewed here: