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Mr. Geoffrey Cowper

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Local Address: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
333 Bay Street 24Th Floor
Toronto , Ontario M5H 2T6

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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The NPA and LaPointe are represented by Geoff Cowper, who is Fasken Martineau's senior counsel and leads the litigation and dispute resolution group.
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Geoffrey Cowper Partner, Fasken Martineau
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Geoffrey Cowper, QC Partner
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP 550 Burrard St, Suite 2900 Vancouver, BC V6C 0A3 Phone:(604) 631-3185 Fax:(604) 632-3185
Geoff Cowper is senior counsel and leader of Fasken Martineau's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. He practises general litigation with an emphasis on commercial and corporate disputes, but including professional negligence, insurance law, fiduciary duty, administrative and constitutional law. Geoff has served as counsel in many significant cases both abroad and in Canada, including in the Supreme Court of Canada on a variety of cases involving Charter and constitutional issues, commercial and tort issues and administrative law. He has an active arbitration practice before domestic and international tribunals. Geoff has served as counsel on several law commissions involving securities regulation, Aboriginal policy, and most recently chair of the British Columbia Justice Reform Initiative which recommended systematic changes to British Columbia's criminal justice system. He has lectured on a variety of topics ranging from commercial legal issues to constitutional law and current public issues. Geoff is former chair of the Legal Services Society and former BC Chair of American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served on the boards of a number of community, charitable and legal organizations. Geoff was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1982 and the Yukon Bar in 1987.
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Board of directors — Legal aid can help. Legal Services Society, BC, Canada, 30 Aug 2009 [cached]
Geoffrey Cowper , QC
Past chair
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.
A Criminal Justice System for the ..., 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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