Jim Lutz

Partner - Dartnell Lutz

Jim Lutz


  • ISLN: 920177202
  • Admitted: 1992, Alberta
  • Member: Calgary and Canadian Bar Associations; Law Society of Alberta; Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
  • Languages: English

Born and raised in Calgary, Jim has spent his entire life in the business of law. His father was a practicing lawyer before becoming a Queen’s Bench Justice until his retirement in 2012. After graduating at Mount Allison University, he attended the University of Wales and graduated with honours. Jim is in Court every day with over 140 reported cases including some of the most high-profile cases in Alberta, including: R. v. Wells, R. v. Paxton, R. v. Garland, R. v. Kang-Brown, R. v. Crowchild, R. v. Tudor, R. v. Bedi, R. v. Kim, R. v. Coward, R. v. Remple, R. v. Baccari, R. v. Lefrance, R. v. Radita, R. v. Dhillon, R. v. Morton, R. v. Wilson, R. v. Beaulieu, R. v. Dinh, R. v. Thibert, R. v. McDowell, R. v. Leung, R. v. Innes, R. v. Kirk, R. v. Smart, R. v. Wolfleg, R. v. Hailey, and R. v. Thompson.

Additionally, Jim serves as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta which is an elected group of lawyers and non-lawyers who supervise more than 10,000 lawyers and 500 students in Alberta.

2020 Appointed a Queens Counsel recognizing contributions to the legal community and the City of Calgary
2018 Elected Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta who are the governing body for over 10,000 lawyers in Alberta
2018 / 2020 Fatality Inquiry Counsel. Tsuu’Tsina Nation Police Service, Tsuu’Tsina Nation Child and Family services
2017 President – Calgary Bar Association
2010 - 2017 Calgary Bar Associate Executive
2012 - 2015 Pro Bono Counsel – Law Society of Alberta
2011 - 2012 Presenting Panel Member – Legal Education Society of Alberta
Criminal Practice Points 2011
Law and Practice Update 2012
2010 Presented on Fitness for Trial – University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine
2004 - 2008 Guest Speaker – Faulty of Social Sciences at the University of Calgary
2004 - 2008 Criminal Practice Advisory Committee – Law Society of Alberta
1997 - 1998 Bar Admissions Course Instructor
1997 - 2011 Trial Advocacy Program – Faculty of Law University of Calgary

Jim has lectured at Mount Royal University, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology as well, he has taught the Fire Inspectors Training Course for the City of Calgary Fire Department.

Practice Areas

Murder / Attempted Murder / Manslaughter
Sexual Assault Offences
Assault Offences
Drug Offences
Firearms / Weapon Offences
Impared Driving / Over .08
Fraud - White Collar Crime
Internet Luring
Inquiry Counsel
Professional Discipline
Property Offences

Reported Decisions

  • R. v. T.R. (2020) Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta - Charge of sexual assault and choking involving witness credibility and search of cell phone data and corollary fact evidence. Reported decision and not guilty verdict.
  • R. v. Guenther (2019) Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta - Possession for trafficking drugs owned by other found in purse carried by client. Court found Crown could not prove guilt of drugs in purse nor in a jointly shared apartment.
  • R. v. G.W. (2019) Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Jury trial - Jury acquittal of individual in date rape case involving expert evidence on autism and how the Jury can use this in determining innocence.
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