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John-Paul E. Boyd


John-Paul E Boyd, AOCA, MA, LLB, is a family law arbitrator, family law mediator and parenting coordinator, and the principal of John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers, providing services throughout Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. He is a senior family law lawyer nationally known for his big-picture approach to family justice issues, contributions to public and professional legal education on family law, and special expertise in disputes concerning parenting, support and jurisdictional disputes.
John-Paul practiced family law in Vancouver for 14 years before joining the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Calgary, as its executive director in 2013. He took his training as a mediator in 2005, as a parenting coordinator in 2007, as an arbitrator in 2011 and as a collaborative practitioner in 2012. John-Paul has particular interests in law and procedural reform, children's rights and involvement in justice processes, the impact of parental conflict on children, access to family justice and the psychology of separation and divorce.
John-Paul is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the International Society of Family Law and the ADR Institute of Canada, and a member-at-large of the Canadian Bar Association's National Child and Youth Law Section. He has served on the editorial board of the British Columbia Continuing Legal Education Society's Family Practice Manual and the Provincial Court of British Columbia's Family Law Rules Committee. John-Paul was a founding director of the BC Hear the Child Society, the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society and the Family Law Arbitrators Group Society in Vancouver.
John-Paul is the founding author of the acclaimed public legal education wikibook JP Boyd on Family Law and its former companion blog, the first legal blog cited in a Canadian court judgment. His other written work has been published by the UBC Law Review, Canadian Family Law Quarterly, the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, the Journal of International Aging, Law and Policy, the federal Department of Justice, the National Judicial Institute, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and The Lawyer's Daily. He is a member of the advisory board of the Canadian Journal of Family Law and a juror of the Walter Owen Book Prize for legal research awarded by the Canadian Foundation For Legal Research.
John-Paul is a frequent speaker on family law topics for the National Judicial Institute, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the National Family Law Program, the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. John-Paul also taught family law to upper-year law students at the University of Calgary.

Lawyers attending John-Paul's most recent talk, on children who are reluctant to visit a parent after separation, said this about his presentation:

  • any presentation by JP is a treat
  • great presentation
  • learn something new whenever JP presents
  • as a presenter is awesome and precise
  • comprehensive and engaging
  • excellent as usual
  • very informative and makes you think of things in a different way
John-Paul was listed by Best Lawyers, a peer-reviewed legal directory, from 2010 until 2014, when he joined the Institute, and is a recipient of the Canadian Bar Association's National Pro Bono Service Award, the UBC Law Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, the Harry Rankin QC Pro Bono Award from the CBA British Columbia and the Distinguished Service Award from the CBA Alberta and the Law Society of Alberta. In a 2012 report of the BC Public Legal Education and Information Working Group, John-Paul, then working as a lawyer in private practice, was identified as one of the six major providers of public legal education on family law in British Columbia, along with the Legal Services Society, the CBA, the British Columbia Ministry of Justice, the University of Victoria Law Centre and the Justice Education Society of BC
John-Paul is consulted by provincial governments and the federal government on family law matters and legislative and procedural reforms. He was a member of the British Columbia Attorney General's Family Law Act Advisory Group and Family Relations Act Review Advisory Committee, and has given evidence as an expert on family law issues to the Canadian Senate's Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. He presently serves on the Advisory Group on Public Legal Education and Information for Bill C-78 for the federal Department of Justice.
John-Paul now provides mediation, arbitration, med-arb and parenting coordination services for family law disputes in Alberta and British Columbia. John-Paul also provides independent legal advice on family law agreements as well as children's legal services, including preparing non-evaluative views of the child reports, giving independent legal advice and drafting children's affidavits. His goal in all family law disputes is to help the parties resolve their disagreements quickly and fairly, and in a way that takes into account the impact that the dispute may have on any children, minimizes conflict and encourages cooperation between the parties, and promotes the future functioning of the separated family.

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