Defending the Guilty
Analysis of counsel’s ethical duties to the client, to the administration of justice, and to the profession in the course of defending an accused known to be guilty.
David Layton obtained his LLB from Dalhousie Law School in 1987 and a master’s degree in law from Oxford University in 1989. He clerked for the late Chief Justice Brian Dickson at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1990. David worked as defence counsel for over twenty years in Toronto and Vancouver before joining the British Columbia Ministry of Justice as an appeals prosecutor in 2014. He has taught courses at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria faculties of law on ethics and criminal law, and wrongful convictions. He is currently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia’s disciplinary hearing panel pool.
Hon. Mr Justice Michel Proulx (1939–2007) was a member of the Court of Appeal of Quebec from 1989 until 2004. Prior to his appointment, he had a distinguished litigation practice, mainly in criminal law, from 1963 to 1989. He also served as an adjunct professor of law at McGill University from 1967 to 1989. After leaving the bench, Michel was a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg.