Episode 24: The Intersection of Policing, The Criminal Justice System and Cultural Diversity: How to Ensure a Representative Jury | Part 2

Diversity, Indigenous Peoples – Jun 2021

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Episode 24: The Intersection of Policing, The Criminal Justice System and Cultural Diversity: How to Ensure a Representative Jury | Part 2
Broadcast Date: June 10, 2021
Part 1 (Episode 22) can be found here


With reference to existing Supreme Court of Canada and appellate jurisprudence (see, eg. R. v. Kokopenace 2015 SCC 28), this session will consider the existing methods and best practices for ensuring a representative jury. It will also look at managing a trial where issues of culture and religion are at the forefront. The panel will address the question of how to properly take account of diversity in managing a jury trial and charging the jury. Is there more that could be done to ensure the impartiality of the jury?

Related Documentation available on this website (see 953, Carol J. Ross)

Note: This podcast is an excerpt from CIAJ’s 2017 annual conference, which focused on Cultural and Religious Diversity in the Administration of Justice. The next annual conference, on Indigenous Peoples and the Law, will take place in Vancouver from November 17 to 19, 2021. 


  • The Honourable Justice Carol J. Ross, Supreme Court of British Columbia

B.A. (University of Alberta) 1970; M.A. (University of Alberta) 1972; Ph.D. (University of Alberta) 1977; LL.B. (University of British Columbia) 1981

Member of the faculty at the Department of Sociology University of Manitoba (1975-1976) and the Department of Criminology Simon Fraser University (1976-1978 full time; 1979-1981 sessional lecturer). Teaching and research areas included: Social Theory, Sociological Theories of Crime, Societal Responses to Deviant Behaviour, Social Control, Women and the Law, Sociology of Law. Called to the Bar 1982. Practised law with McAlpine, Roberts & Hordo, which became McAlpine & Hordo, from articles in 1981 to 1994 and then with Hordo, Ross & Bennett from 1994 to 2001, specializing in civil litigation. Member of the Kwantlen College Criminology Advisory Committee. Served on the Boards of the Vancouver Neurological Society and the Vancouver Playhouse. Volunteer member of the Credentials and Ethics Committees of the Law Society of British Columbia (1993-2001). Appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia 2001.


  • Pierre Poupart, Ad. E., Criminal Defence Lawyer, Co-Founder, Poupart, Dadour, Touma et Associés


Reports from CIAJ’s Provincial Roundtables on Jury Representation

In the spring and fall of 2019, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) held provincial roundtables on the topic of systemic barriers to the representation of Indigenous peoples and racialized minorities on juries in Canada. The roundtables took place in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Atlantic Canada respectively. Ontario and Quebec Roundtables were postponed due to the pandemic and shall resume in 2021.

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