Brock Martland, QC

Brock Martland

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Practice description

Brock Martland, QC is a senior criminal lawyer handling trials and appeals, mainly for the defence but also, in the barrister tradition, for the Crown. A graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Victoria, he clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice John Major at the Supreme Court of Canada, then completed articles with the Vancouver Crown Counsel office, before joining the firm of Smart & Williams in 2001. The present firm of Martland & Saulnier is the successor to that firm.

Mr. Martland has acted as defence counsel in high-profile cases such as the Surrey Six murder trial, the Yaletown bike-store shooting, and the Air India terrorist bombing. He occasionally conducts trials and appeals for the Crown. He was associate commission counsel for two public inquiries: the Frank Paul Inquiry, and the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River. He is presently senior commission counsel for the Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia. He has extensive experience with extradition cases and youth justice prosecutions. He has also been involved in numerous Police Act disciplinary matters. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Areas of practice

  • Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Criminal Trials
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Bail Hearings
  • Violent Crimes
  • Drug Offences
  • Sexual Offences
  • Extradition
  • White-Collar Crimes
  • Police and Professional Misconduct
  • Driving Offences
  • Youth Criminal Justice

Education and experience

  • University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Victoria, BC
    • LL.B.
  • Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
    • B.A. (Hon.)
  • Law Clerk, Honourable Mr. Justice John Major
    • Supreme Court of Canada
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2018

Presentations at conferences

  • Osgoode Hall Search and Seizure Symposium, 2009, 2011, 2018
  • Trial Lawyers Association Criminal Law Conference, 2004, 2006, 2013, 2016
  • Advocates Society, Criminal Trial Advocacy, 2017, 2019
  • CBA Criminal Justice Conference, 2017, 2019
  • Canadian Institute Forum on the Law of Policing, 2013, 2014, 2018
  • Federation of Law Societies National Criminal Law Program, 2012
  • BC Civil Liberties Association Criminal Law Conference co-chair, 2010, 2011, 2014
  • Others: Crown Counsel Annual Conference, CLEBC, UBC Law, CDAS, BCIT

Professional memberships and activities

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Criminal Defence Advocacy Society, Founding Member and Director
  • Volunteer, Access Pro Bono criminal-law clinic, Vancouver


  • English
  • French