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Michael Ford
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More evidence needed to use roadside saliva testing for marijuana

The assertions that marijuana consumption and driving under the influence will increase if it’s legalized need to be challenged to arrive at a reasonable public policy, ... Read more

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Roadside drug-screening devices raise many questions

A pilot project to test roadside drug-screening devices highlights questions around the invasiveness and constitutionality of the test, and the circumstances under which police ... Read more

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Proposed law to limit segregation would help countless inmates

The federal government’s plan to introduce legislation limiting how long prison inmates can remain in solitary confinement is welcome news to those who have been subject to ... Read more

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Bailey's client sees sexual assault charges dismissed

A judge has dismissed sexual assault charges against a man after Toronto criminal lawyer Kristin Bailey highlighted credibility issues with the complainants who testified at ... Read more

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There were real challenges in the Cosby trial: Hicks

The fact the allegations in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial were nearing a decade old was a challenge in the case, Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks tells CTV News ... Read more

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Creative defences and the impact of Cody

By Annamaria Enenajor   In the recent ruling of  R. v. Cody , the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) reinforced the importance of the right to be tried within a ... Read more

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R. v. Cody and the push for all parties to proceed efficiently

In unanimously reaffirming the guiding principles set out in R. v. Jordan , the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) emphasizes the importance of all parties proceeding with matters ... Read more

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Conviction would be difficult in a new Cosby trial: Handlarski

If there is another criminal trial for Bill Cosby, a conviction will be far from easy, Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski tells CBC’s  The National .  ... Read more

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Davies named as constitutional litigator in residence

Toronto criminal lawyer Breese Davies will be the constitutional litigator in residence at the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights for the fall of 2017, the centre ... Read more

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SCC ruling in Cody clarifies the legal test for delay timelines

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada is standing by its groundbreaking decision on ensuring timely criminal trials. In a unanimous decision Friday, the court ruled that a ... Read more

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Precision, accuracy needed for test to detect driver drug use

While the results of a drug-screening device pilot project indicate the government is making headway with a reliable test for drivers, it seems there’s still a long way to ... Read more

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Forensic reliability 'starting point' for drug-screening devices

While new drug-screening devices to test drivers during roadside traffic stops may work well from the standpoint of law enforcement, more needs to be done to prove their forensic ... Read more

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Supreme Court Chief Justice McLachlin will retire, legacy will endure

OTTAWA — Beverley McLachlin is stepping down as Supreme Court chief justice in mid-December. McLachlin is the first woman to hold the top job on the high court, and she ... Read more

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Sex assault proposed changes go too far: Neuberger

Criminal Code amendments aimed at protecting sexual assault complainants would dangerously disrupt the balance between the accused and the prosecution, Toronto criminal lawyer ... Read more

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Lawyer-client visiting hours at jails is restricting access to justice

Limited face-to-face lawyer-client visiting hours at some Ontario correctional institutions restricts full access to justice, says Toronto criminal lawyer  Melanie Webb ... Read more

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References to Goudge heighten its impact as a deterrent

Although the Goudge Inquiry has provided counsel with the courage to object to expert testimony on the basis of qualification, more work is needed in this area, Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Clark's client receives suspended sentence

A judge suspended sentence for a 19-year-old who pleaded guilty to mischief after Toronto and North Bay criminal lawyer Graham Clark told the court the teen ... Read more

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Online access for all lawyers in criminal court would save time

The use of technology is still not widespread in Ontario's criminal courts — and in cases where courthouses are better equipped, so far, this has been more to the benefit of ... Read more

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False domestic abuse allegations cause long-standing trauma

Sometimes people falsely accused of domestic abuse never recover from the trauma, says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger . A recent ruling saw a woman sentenced to 60 ... Read more

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SCC's review of mandatory victim surcharges 'long overdue'

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to look at whether mandatory victim surcharges are constitutional is much needed, and will hopefully provide a clear direction for ... Read more

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