John D. Cliffe, QC


John is an experienced criminal law practitioner having appeared in the Courts of British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

He has practiced law continuously since 1977, initially in private practice, later as Crown counsel employed by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (formerly the Department of Justice of the Government of Canada) at its British Columbia Regional Office in Vancouver and has recently returned to private practice with the Vancouver law firm of Cliffe Tobias. John is called to the Bars of British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

As part of his legal practice John has long been involved with training police officers, regulatory inspectors and forensic experts employed by various law enforcement agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Vancouver City Police, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Environment Canada, Parks Canada, Transport Canada, the British Columbia Conservation Service and Ministries of the Environment and Forests with respect to the law, enforcement policies, investigation techniques, case management and giving testimony in Court.

Of the opinion that learning should be “by doing” John has designed, implemented and presented witness training programs that emphasize that teaching principle.

John’s work as Crown counsel has been acknowledged many times including in 1994 when he was presented the Canada 125 Medal, in 2008 the Public Service Award of Excellence and in 2012 the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal.

In 2009, he was made Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) by the Attorney General of British Columbia.