CDAS is proud to announce that on December 17, 2019, President Kasandra Cronin was appointed Queen's Counsel for British Columbia. This distinction recognizes counsel who demonstrate professional integrity, good character and excellence in the practice of law. Ms. Cronin has practiced criminal law in B.C. since she was called to the Bar 20 years ago. In that time, she has represented clients from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in courts across the province. Ms
CDAS welcomes the following additions to its Regional Representatives. Casey St. Germain was appointed Regional Representative for Surrey. Former Surrey Representative, Bill Jessop, now represents Vancouver. Outside of the Lower Mainland, Danielle Borgia moved from Prince George to Penticton, where she has become CDAS's first Representative in the region. Replacing Ms. Borgia in Prince George is Jason LeBlond.
CDAS was granted leave to intervene in the upcoming Supreme Court of Canada appeal in R. v. Zora on December 4, 2019. Matt Nathanson and Chantelle van Wiltenburg will be representing CDAS. The Court will be asked to determine whether the mental element for s. 145(3) (breach of recognizance) is objective or subjective. CDAS argues that the broad scope of criminalized conduct, the experience of marginalized groups, and the criminal justice system’s finite resources all support