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Mr. Geoffrey Cowper

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Local Address: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
66 Wellington Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5K 1N6
Canada

Company Description: Fasken Martineau is one of the world's leading international business law and litigation firms with more than 650 lawyers with offices in Canada, the United...   more
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A Criminal Justice System for the ...
www.legalaidreform.org, 22 Aug 2012 [cached]
A Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century was released on 30th of august 2012 by Vancouver lawyer Geoffrey Cowper. The review was ordered by Premier Christy Clark in February, to deal with delays and backlogs in the court.
In his 270-page report, Cowper says the criminal justice system has failed to meet public expectations in terms of timeliness, the absence of a provincewide plan for improving public safety, and the failure to incorporate modern methods of management and administration.
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Cowper does not make any recommendation about the general funding level for the criminal justice system. But he does suggest an additional five judges be appointed to the provincial court.
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Geoffrey Cowper, senior counsel at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, was appointed chairman of the B.C. Justice Reform Initiative. His 277-page report calls for systemic change within the justice system.
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Cowper calls out a “culture of delay†that continues to plague the criminal justice system and create backlogs in the courts.
“The culture of delay in the court system is resistant to change because there are several benefits to those working within the system that are gained from delay and no accepted means of enforcing timeliness as a priority. To change this culture we must fundamentally change the incentives that apply to the parties and provide the right tools to the right participants to make timeliness a necessity and not an option,†he writes.
Cowper does admit there has been some reduction in that backlog recently, but cases are still not being resolved in a timely manner. He calls for the appointment of five new judges to help with the backlogs.
“We have to move to measures that happen in respect of days and weeks of time, not months and years of time,†he said.
While Bond said: “We agree with Mr. Cowper that the criminal justice system moves too slowly. This report shows that the issue of timeliness in the justice system is critical for all justice partners - and for the public. British Columbia, like other jurisdictions, has a crime rate that is dropping, while experiencing increasing delays in cases,†the province made no commitments.
She said her department will be digesting the three reports and come out with its own report in the fall to address Cowper’s recommendations.
Cowper proposes a number of wide-ranging reforms including a province-wide crime reduction plan, measures to resolve criminal cases earlier and reduce the number of delays and backlogged cases and a major overhaul of how prosecutors handle files.
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The provincial government appointed lawyer Geoffrey Cowper in February to conduct a review of the province's justice system.
That announcement came as a growing list of cases were thrown out because of delays and at least two judges used their rulings to criticize what they complained was a lack of resources in the system.
Cowper was given until the end of July to consult with lawyers, judges, the police and others involved in the justice system, as well as members of the public, and submit his report to the provincial government.
Cowper hasn't revealed much about what he might recommend, but he suggested in June that reducing pre-trial appearances would go a long way towards tackling court backlog.
He's also called for a "cultural recognition'' within the justice system that timeliness should be a top priority.
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www.streetohome.org, 6 Dec 2013 [cached]
Geoffrey Cowper Partner, Fasken Martineau
Geoffrey Cowper, former ...
www.nanaimobulletin.com, 13 Feb 2013 [cached]
Geoffrey Cowper, former chairman of B.C.'s Legal Services Society, was assigned to examine why the court system was getting slower despite 13,000 fewer new provincial criminal cases than it handled in 2002.
Cowper concluded the problem is partly because there are incentives for defence lawyers to delay cases, and a "culture of delay" that resists change.
"During the review there was a general sense that judges and lawyers have their own, insulated sense of what constitutes timeliness and responsiveness," Cowper wrote.
He also found there is an average of seven appearances by the accused in a criminal case before it goes to trial.
Board of directors — Legal aid can help. Legal Services Society, BC, Canada
www.lss.bc.ca, 30 Aug 2009 [cached]
Geoffrey Cowper , QC
Past chair
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Geoffrey Cowper practices law with Fasken Martineau in Vancouver, with a focus on commercial and corporate litigation, professional negligence, insurance law, fiduciary duty, and administrative and constitutional law. He was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1982 following a one-year clerkship with the Supreme Court of Canada, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997. In addition to appearing before all levels of court and many administrative and quasi-judicial bodies, he has taught and published articles on various legal subjects. Geoffrey was first appointed to the LSS board in 1997, and served as board chair from 2005 to 2008.
Best Lawyers - Geoffrey Cowper QC
www.bestlawyers.com, 1 June 2010 [cached]
Geoffrey Cowper QC Best Lawyers - Geoffrey Cowper QC
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Geoffrey Cowper QC Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP 550 Burrard Street, Suite 2900 Vancouver, BC V6C 0A3 604-631-3131
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