Brock Martland

Brock Martland handles trials and appeals for all criminal allegations, as well as extradition, professional discipline, regulatory and Police Act cases. He acts in cases such as the Yaletown bike-store shooting case, judicial-review proceedings and Police Act hearings involving the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner, and the “Surrey Six” murder case. Brock was part of the Malik defence team in the Air India mass-murder terrorism trial. He acts regularly in white-collar crime, regulatory and environmental cases, representing individuals as well as companies facing an investigation or charge. Brock has appeared at all levels of court in the province, and at the Supreme Court of Canada. He was associate commission counsel for two public inquiries (the provincial Frank Paul Inquiry, and the federal Cohen Commission into the Decline of the Sockeye Salmon on the Fraser River); he also acted for a prominent witness in the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry (the Oppal Commission). He is retained to act for the prosecution in trial and appeal proceedings, including as a Special Prosecutor. He has also been appointed amicus curiae (special counsel to assist the Court).

Brock has presented papers and served as a panelist at many legal conferences, including the 2012 Federation of Law Societies National Criminal Law Program, the 2017 CLEBC conference on appellate practice, and the 2017 Advocates’ Society Criminal Trial Advocacy program. He has co-chaired legal conferences, and addressed students at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and in Manitoba. Brock is a past co-chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s International Assistance Committee, and volunteers as a lawyer for Access Pro Bono clinics in Vancouver. He is a founding member and director of the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society. He speaks English and French.

Brock grew up in Calgary. He attended Queen’s University (B.A. (Honours)) before studying law at Osgoode Hall in Toronto and the University of Victoria. He served as a law clerk for the Honourable Mr. Justice John Major at the Supreme Court of Canada, before returning to BC and completing articles with the Criminal Appeals and Regional offices of Crown Counsel. He then joined the firm of Smart & Williams, the predecessor firm to Martland & Saulnier.