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LAO project helps lawyers provide access to justice: Hicks

A Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) pilot project that streamlines the way lawyers are paid is helping to soften the impact of chronic underfunding in the system, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Self-reps and the need for more help

More help needs to be provided for self-reps in a justice system where some accused people can’t afford counsel and don’t qualify for legal aid, says Oshawa ... Read more

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Why do some murders get more attention?

The intense media and police focus on the suspicious deaths of billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman contrasts sharply with the fleeting attention given to those that occur ... Read more

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SCC ruling on dangerous offenders to have massive impact

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision will have widespread ramifications for dangerous offender cases, requiring judges to impose an indeterminate sentence only on criminals ... Read more

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How a vastly unpopular judgment is just and fair: Dale

The stay of proceedings in the Surrey Six massacre evoked public outrage but it is a “just and necessary judgment" in a case that came to be defined by confidential ... Read more

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Fewer self-reps with applications for state-funded counsel

Fewer defendants would be forced to represent themselves in criminal trials if they could make informal judicial applications for state-funded legal representation, says Toronto ... Read more

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Confusion abounds on drunk-driving offences

Judging by the questions people ask on Toronto criminal defence lawyer Michael Engel’ s new website, there’s a great amount of confusion about Canada’s ... Read more

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Is a Superior Court declaration binding to other judges?

Whether an Ontario Superior Court justice's declaration that a law is unconstitutional binds other judges is an ongoing debate with significant implications, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Botting honours memory of the late Chief Justice Allan McEachern

By Gary Botting On a pedestal in the foyer of the Vancouver Law Courts at  800 Smithe St. , confronting the statue of blind justice, sits the bust of the late Chief ... Read more

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Men convicted of Babcock murder unlikely to get parole: Hicks

The first-degree murder verdict for two men accused of killing 23-year-old Laura Babcock came after jury deliberations that were "quite long," Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher ... Read more

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The SIU and its 'inordinate protections' for police: Moon

Laws governing Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) give police officers protections unavailable to ordinary citizens when they are suspected of committing a crime, ... Read more

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No free pass for suspected ISIS fighters returning to Canada: Rosen

The recent debate in Parliament between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer, the Conservative leader, about what to do with Canadian citizens who return home after ... Read more

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Judicial criticism of the Reid interrogation: a call for change

With judicial commentary on the problematic aspects of the Reid interrogation technique going into its second decade, one may wonder why police services continue to use such ... Read more

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Smith’s client acquitted of human trafficking

A man who was represented by Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith has been acquitted of human trafficking charges after a five-week jury trial in Superior Court in Oshawa.  ... Read more

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The domino effect of domestic assault charges

A no-contact order is a routine stipulation when someone charged with domestic assault is released on bail, but it’s also routinely breached by both parties, says Toronto ... Read more

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Retiring chief justice will leave enduring legacy: Hicks

OTTAWA — Canada's retiring top judge says more must be done to ensure the justice system is accessible to everyone in a timely way — and Beverley McLachlin hopes she ... Read more

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Former chief justice right on sexual assault cases

The Supreme Court of Canada’s former chief justice Beverley McLachlin was right to stress the rights of accused to a fair trial in sexual assault cases during a recent ... Read more

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Ontario sexual assault cases to get outside review

By John Navarrete Certain criminal cases will soon be reviewed by an independent body. Sexual assault cases in various areas of Ontario and in Calgary, Alberta, will be ... Read more

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Inquiry into racial profiling, discrimination a welcome move

TORONTO — Decades of complaints about racial profiling and discrimination by police officers in Canada's most populous city have prompted a wide-ranging inquiry by Ontario's ... Read more

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Englit prof to lawyer: a trip to Wonderland

By Gary Botting Having worked as a professor of English literature and drama for 20 years before attending law school, I naively peppered my early legal arguments in court ... Read more

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