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Case highlights limitations of Canada's extradition law

A case involving two teens who are pleading to stop their mother’s extradition to England for allegedly abducting them underscores the limitations of the law surrounding ... Read more

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Presser to deliver keynote at mental health law conference

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice Conference: Beyond Fitness and NCR — Mental ... Read more

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'Mandatory minimum' bill would be welcome: Friedberg

OTTAWA — An Ontario senator tired of waiting for the Liberals to bring in their promised changes to mandatory minimum penalties while they watch how they fare in the ... Read more

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Plan to curtail prelims is fixing something not broken: Daviau

The federal government’s plan to curtail preliminary inquiries is an ill-advised attempt to speed up the justice system that may end up slowing it down, says Toronto ... Read more

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No system fix for defendants found fit yet mentally ill: Zita

The justice system must do a better job of handling defendants who, although deemed fit to stand trial, are mentally ill, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita . Many ... Read more

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The two parts of R. v. Gladue

By Kristin Bailey We all know that Aboriginal offenders are grossly over-represented in the Canadian criminal justice system. R. v. Gladue was released by the Supreme Court ... Read more

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Don't eliminate peremptory challenges, widen the jury pool: Hicks

The federal government’s plan to eliminate peremptory challenges of jurors is a wrong-headed “knee-jerk” reaction to a single high-profile trial and will ... Read more

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Time for police to stop automatically believing victims: Neuberger

Canadian police should follow the example of their counterparts in the U.K. and stop automatically believing sexual assault complainants, Toronto criminal lawyer  Joseph ... Read more

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Judgment making consent difficult to demonstrate: Moon

An Alberta Court of Appeal decision is making it practically impossible for those accused of a sex assault in that province to show they had a complainant’s consent, says ... Read more

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Victims' paid leave provisions lack clarity: Townsend

A new Ontario law that ensures victims of domestic or sexual violence have time off work for counselling, legal and relocation purposes is a step in the right direction, but ... Read more

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The importance of exercising your right to a trial

When you are charged with a crime, it is usually better to go to trial than plead guilty, says Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski . “What I tell people is if ... Read more

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Report shows it's key to challenge scientific evidence

A report on a Toronto laboratory’s discredited alcohol- and drug-testing process shows how important it is for child -protection lawyers to closely examine, ... Read more

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Jury selection in U.S. could provide lessons for Canada

The jury system in Canada differs in some important ways from the approach taken in the United States, including in the use of peremptory challenges, Toronto criminal lawyer John ... Read more

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More balance needed in #MeToo discussions: Dale

The #MeToo movement has cultivated a culture of intolerance, but it has also deprived those accused of a fair process and the presumption of innocence, Toronto criminal and ... Read more

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The case for legalizing cocaine and other drugs

The public-policy response to the problem of drug trafficking and its terrible effects on communities in Canada and countries abroad is to send a message through the sentencing of ... Read more

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Rosen: overhauling jury selection system 'misguided'

It would be foolish to overhaul jury selection laws in response to the high-profile acquittals of two white men in the deaths of indigenous individuals, Toronto criminal lawyer ... Read more

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Prison farms return to give inmates vital job skills

The return of prison farms will provide a much-needed boost to the rehabilitation of federal inmates, Toronto criminal lawyer  Jessica Zita  tells AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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OCA decision contains valuable lessons for lawyers

A recent ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) contains lessons for defence counsel about credibility, rules of reply and collateral evidence, Toronto litigator Richard ... Read more

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No Crown appeal in farm shooting not surprising: Smith

While the acquittal of a Saskatchewan farmer in the shooting death of an aboriginal man is part of an emotionally charged case that has raised issues that society should face, the ... Read more

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Schools and the drug crisis

Canada’s largest school board should do more than just order naloxone kits if it believes students are in danger of overdosing on opioids, says Toronto criminal lawyer ... Read more

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