Charles Davison was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 1984 and was admitted to the Alberta bar in July 1985. He began his career as a general litigator but over the last 15 years has focused his work more and more in the area of criminal defence. He is now Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Legal Aid Commission of the Northwest Territories, in Yellowknife. In his years of practice in Alberta he appeared before all levels of court in that province up to and including the Court of Appeal. He has also appeared as counsel for lawyers during Law Society disciplinary hearings, and as counsel for inmates in disciplinary hearings in provincial and federal correctional institutions. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on a number of occasions.
Since 2012 he has practiced exclusively in the Northwest Territories and now appears in all three levels of court in that jurisdiction, in Yellowknife and the various other northern communities where the courts sit from time to time. In both Alberta and the NWT Mr. Davison has appeared as counsel on matters of all levels of seriousness, from minor thefts, to drug and sexual assault cases, to murders.
Mr. Davison has been a member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association in Edmonton since the late 1980’s and was President from 1998 to 1999. He has appeared as a guest lecturer at the University of Alberta Law School and has instructed at the Law Society of Alberta Bar Admission Course. He has presented papers before the Alberta Provincial Court Judge’s Association (Calgary, 2009) and at the Oromia Justice Sector Professional Training and Legal Research Institute, in Adama, Ethiopia (2010). Before leaving Alberta he was a member of the Law Society of Alberta Criminal Practice Advisory Committee, and was on the Northern Alberta Legal Aid Appeals Committee. He has contributed a number of case comments and articles to the Criminal Reports series.