Martland & Saulnier

Martland & Saulnier
506-815 Hornby St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2E6
Phone: (604) 687-6278
Fax: (604) 687-6298

Organization overview


Martland & Saulnier is a leading criminal-law firm in Vancouver, Canada.

Facing a criminal investigation or prosecution is deeply unsettling. Most people find they can’t sleep at night. They worry continually about what will happen to them. They feel that they stand alone — against the police and the Crown prosecutor and the machinery of the criminal justice system. There are few things in life so stressful and upsetting.

Retaining a defence lawyer can change this. Experienced counsel will level the playing field. They will analyze the situation and set out options. They can give wise advice — shaped by years of experience and a deep knowledge of the law. They are comfortable and confident in navigating the dangerous waters of a criminal case. Once you retain a lawyer you trust, you can finally move forward and address the situation.

The lawyers at Martland & Saulnier are client-focused. We focus on you, on your needs and concerns, on your case. We are responsive. We move as quickly as possible. We get to work at the earliest stages, engaging with police investigators and Crown prosecutors to avoid charges where that is possible. We move fast to seek release on bail when a client is charged. When it comes to trials and appeals, we prepare fully and consider all strategic angles that may assist our client.

We have experience in cases ranging from murder mega-trials, to smaller cases involving petty crimes and traffic offences. Lawyers at the firm have acted in police and professional disciplinary proceedings, in constitutional litigation, and as counsel in high-profile public inquiries. We have acted for companies and individuals in securities, regulatory and environmental cases. But above all else, we are criminal lawyers who appear regularly in the trial and appeal courts. We are well grounded in the practicalities of defending a criminal case.

If you or someone you know is facing a criminal charge, Martland & Saulnier can help.


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Practice areas

Criminal Law

Firm size


Representative cases

Some notable cases and news about the firm:

Jail time avoided in Securities Act prosecution
April 11, 2017

A Provincial Court judge declined to impose the 10-15 months’ jail sought by the Crown in a BC Securities Act case involving a dozen charges. Brock Martland was counsel.

Murder trial ends in manslaughter verdict
April 4, 2017

After a jury trial at Vancouver Supreme Court, Joe Saulnier’s client was found not guilty of second-degree murder, but guilty of manslaughter. The client was also acquitted of attempted murder of a different person, arising from the same shooting incident.

Charges dropped in shooting case

A week before the start of trial, charges were terminated in a prosecution for attempted murder in Vancouver. The case involved a targeted shooting arising in the drug trade. Brock Martland was defence counsel.

Delay application results in case being dropped
March 3, 2017

The firm obtained a judicial stay of proceedings which terminated the prosecution of serious charges, based on the 2016 Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. Jordan.

Acquittal at trial on sexual assault allegations

After a trial at Provincial Court, on allegations of sexual assault and in a case involving security video footage, the firm’s client was found not guilty.