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Episode 9: Brad Smith, QC
Episode 1019th May 2022 • Under Reserve • Dan Coles
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Brad Smith, QC is a criminal lawyer - he advises and defends people throughout British Columbia who are under investigation by the police, charged with a criminal offence, or are otherwise in trouble with the law. He is the principal and founder of Smith Law Group

Brad has more than 20 years’ experience in the criminal law arena, acting first as a federal prosecutor and now as defence counsel.

As Crown Counsel, Brad prosecuted a variety of federal offences, from Fisheries Act violations to complex organized crime drug cases. 

As a defence lawyer Brad has defended clients charged with a wide variety of serious offences – he also represents police officers who are the subject of internal Code of Conduct hearings.

Brad holds both a Bachelor and Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall in Toronto, and took silk in 2019. As a QC Brad is recognized as one of a small group of a senior barristers.

I caught up with Brad shortly after he concluded a case in which his client was found not guilty of two charges of first-degree murder. The trial, which was held during the height of the pandemic, lasted more than 150 days.

Show Notes

Federal vs. Provincial prosecutors – 12:36

The role of the prosecutor – 15:36

R. v. Jordan – 23:55

The prosecutorial mindset – 30:23

The role of defence counsel – 32:00

Trials aren’t re- enactments of events – 35:00

The presumption of innocence – 36:55

Charter Remedies – 40:48

RCMP code of conduct hearings– 41:39

MacNeil Reports – 48:00

Complexity of the current state of criminal law – 51:30

Under Reserve thanks Brad for his time, and his service. 




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