Take a look at our next featured Accredited Course:

These Accredited JLI Courses are eligible for continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. The Continuing Professional Development program helps Law Society members achieve and maintain high standards of competency and professionalism. BC practicing lawyers, both full-time and part-time, must complete 12 hours of accredited CPD within the calendar year. At least two of the 12 hours must pertain to any combination of professional responsibility and ethics and practice management.

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6 Tuesdays, May 14 - June 18, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

LOCATION: Chabad Richmond
FEE: $700 CAD
INSTRUCTOR: Rabbi Baitelman
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This course is approved for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits in the province of British Columbia, Canada by the Legal Society of British Columbia, Canada.

 

CRIME AND CONSEQUENCE 
A new, six-session course on the Talmud, Jewish ethics, and the Criminal Justice System

Criminal justice policy affects the safety and peace of mind of all citizens, and has broad implications for crime victims, the accused, the convicted, and their families. While an essential issue for all of society, it is particularly relevant for law enforcement, attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals working within the criminal justice system in pursuit of justice and equal protection under the law. 

With a growing consensus that Canada requires criminal justice reform either because the current system is unjust, inequitable, and ineffective; or simply because it’s too expensive to taxpayers—Crime and Consequence is particularly timely. As we grapple with concepts of prevention, punishment, rehabilitation and growth of violent crime, it is important to keep an ethical focus on the goals of our legal system.

Across six sessions, Crime and Consequence engages in this form of analysis, moving between Judaic and civil legal doctrines, addressing ethical concerns, and sharing multiple perspectives on criminal justice reform. The course raises some of the most important questions about criminal law in the light of Talmudic law: What is the Talmud’s theory of criminal justice, and how does it compare with secular theories? How can we impose punishment fairly and effectively? What are we to think about the ballooning numbers of those incarcerated? Should the death penalty be permissible? How can offenders be rehabilitated? How can recidivism be reduced? When, if ever, can trust be restored to a convict? And most importantly, how can crime be prevented?

The Talmud is a rich compilation of Jewish legal and moral scholarship, preserved and taught by the ancient sages and transmitted by scholars throughout the ages. This work is well-positioned to shed light on some of the modern ethical and legal dilemmas because it provides not only answers, but also questions—asking not only what, but also why; and because it is willing to suppose, to imagine, and to test the boundaries of intellectual curiosity.

This course will focus on six key components of criminal law and justice. INCARCERATION, CRIME PREVENTION, CRIMINAL RECORDS, REHABILITATION, DUE PROCESS and THE DEATH PENALTY.
 

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