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Doing away with prelims is invitation to abuse: Stilman

By Jacob Stilman If you are in charge of the control room at a nuclear power plant and suddenly half the console lights up with flashing red lights, is the appropriate ... Read more

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Eliminating the preliminary inquiry won't impact court bottleneck

The elimination of preliminary inquiries in an effort to save cases that might be thrown out because of protracted delays will do little to address the problem, says Toronto ... Read more

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Admin. costs for victims' fund 14 times higher than grants

OTTAWA – A federal fund designed to give financial help to parents whose children have been murdered or gone missing has spent more than 14 times as much on administration ... Read more

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Richard Shekter: a fierce advocate in complex cases

Being embroiled in a legal dispute is one of the most stressful situations people will face, and having an experienced advocate to help them navigate the justice system can ... Read more

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Retain counsel if questioned about health benefits claims

After a Toronto hospital fired 31 employees for allegedly misusing its employee benefits plan, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett says it’s important for all workers to ... Read more

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Judge orders stay of proceedings post-conviction

Following long trial delays, a Vancouver judge has taken the unusual step of ordering a judicial stay for a man who was convicted in connection with a 2014 home invasion, says his ... Read more

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Ontario announces new rules on carding

By David Smith Last week the province  announced an education campaign  to ensure citizens are aware of their rights under the new street checks (i.e. carding) ... Read more

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What privacy rights? Police can disclose your HIV status

By Kristin Bailey In the final days of 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal released two decisions dealing with an unclear area of law regarding remedies for breaches of ... Read more

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Handlarski: a problem solver with a commitment to his clients

Toronto criminal lawyer  Ryan Handlarski  is a problem-solver who advocates for his clients to get the best outcome when they clash with the "state." ... Read more

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Woman behind Costco crash says she isn't a criminal: Presser

Though she has been denied an appeal, the woman who was found guilty in connection with a fatal Costco crash in 2014 maintains she is not a criminal and that what happened at the ... Read more

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Crown stays charges after trial delay stretches 30 months

The Crown in Brampton stayed home invasion-related charges against a man after his case stretched on for about 30 months and was facing still further delay, says his counsel, ... Read more

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'The system is so strapped for resources:' Friedberg

The Ontario government’s move to deal with clogged courts and crowded jails with an injection of funding for more lawyers and an expansion of bail programs is an ... Read more

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Can mitigating factors reduce the penalties for drug crimes?

By Stacey Nichols It seems that prescription drug crimes are becoming more frequent, at least based on media coverage. In a recent example, a 35-year-old pharmacy employee in ... Read more

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Neuberger to co-host live radio call-in show on legal issues

Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger  is teaming up with Lorne Honickman for a new live call-in radio show, Legal Briefs, to be aired Tuesday nights on AM640. ... Read more

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Man acquitted in alleged US$650-million scam

A Toronto man has been acquitted of all charges after he was accused of being one of several individuals behind an alleged US$650-million fraud against a major Canadian bank, says ... Read more

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Absolute discharge not likely in bus murder case: Hicks

A man found not criminally responsible nearly eight years ago for beheading a fellow passenger on a Manitoba bus will not likely receive the absolute discharge he is seeking as a ... Read more

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AG's plan doesn't address 'systemic' court problems

Ontario’s Attorney General Yasir Naqvi's plan   to help more accused get bail and to keep weak cases from going to court doesn’t go far enough to ... Read more

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Juror counselling highlights needs of those working in the system

While there is no question that jurors should have ready access to counselling services, there should also be a discussion around how lawyers, judges and court staff may need ... Read more

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Give police chiefs ability to suspend officers without pay: Goldlist

A new survey suggests Ontario's police governing agencies want the province to grant police chiefs the authority to suspend officers accused of serious misconduct without pay. ... Read more

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Evidence key consideration in historical sex assault cases

Sexual assault cases that date back several decades are often difficult to try unless the evidence presented has unique and distinctive features that make it more capable of ... Read more

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