Brock Martland’s practice covers virtually all criminal allegations, with a particular emphasis on trial and appellate work, and extradition. He acted in the Yaletown bike-store shooting case, in defence of a police officer charged with breach of trust and obstruction of justice for conduct that arose during his police work, and in judicial-review proceedings involving the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner and a municipal police officer. He acted for one of the accused on the “Surrey Six” murder case, and remains counsel for that appeal. Brock previously was part of the Malik defence team in the Air India mass-murder terrorism trial. He is regularly involved in white-collar crime, regulatory and environmental cases, acting for 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 has acted as associate commission counsel for 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 on occasion to act for the prosecution in trial and appeal proceedings. 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. He has co-chaired legal conferences, and addressed students in Manitoba and at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. 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 member of the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society. He speaks English and French.
Brock 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.