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Naming amicus curiae advances cases with reluctant defendants

Appointing an  amicus curiae  is a way to have a case move forward with an unwilling defendant, Toronto criminal lawyer Richard Litkowski  tells ... Read more

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SCC asked review dangerous offender ruling: Botting

British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting has been approved by Nova Scotia Legal Aid to represent at the Supreme Court of Canada a Halifax man who was recently ... Read more

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Use prison segregation sparingly: Goldlist

Solitary confinement in prisons should be used as a problem-solving or assessment tool rather than as punishment, says Toronto criminal lawyer  Jordana ... Read more

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Report of 174 deaths in remand custody shows need for bail reform

A news report indicating almost 270 people died in Canadian provincial jails over a five-year span — including two-thirds who were legally innocent — ... Read more

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Racial divide in criminal charges for marijuana use in Toronto

By John Navarrete Toronto, Ont. is often seen as a multicultural city where multiple races enjoy opportunity and equality. However, a Toronto Star analysis recently showed ... Read more

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OCA rules judge must recharge jury if it doesn't grasp issue: Hicks

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently set aside a first-degree murder conviction after ruling judges must recharge a jury if they fail to understand the issues at hand, ... Read more

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Appeal reaffirms need for procedural fairness: Handlarski

A recent Superior Court ruling setting aside a man's sexual assault conviction reaffirms the need for judges to always adhere to the fundamental principles of the presumption ... Read more

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Good service means being available and responsive: Donich

A busy day is a good day for Toronto criminal lawyer Jordan Donich . “When I’m not busy I feel like I’m slowly dying,” says Donich, principal of ... Read more

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Courts, Crown must ensure full disclosure to unrepresented defendants

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently overturned an arson conviction because the Crown failed to ensure a defendant representing herself received full disclosure, Toronto criminal ... Read more

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As crime rate decreases, charges for illegal substances rise

By Joseph Neuberger As the Canadian government seeks to change laws surrounding marijuana usage, statistics show that police officers are increasingly cracking down on pot ... Read more

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Facebook is used by police

By Lawrence Forstner It may not seem like the most unbelievable news to learn that the police are on Facebook, but yes that's right, the police use social media too! And ... Read more

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Why is everybody dangerous now?: a case comment

  By Karri-Lynn Hennebury In May 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the appeal based on this case , the constitutional challenge to the current dangerous ... Read more

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Resolution of crossbow case avoids consecutive sentences

TORONTO — A Toronto man was formally handed a life sentence Friday after pleading guilty to the so-called ``crossbow killings'' of his mother and two brothers last August. ... Read more

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Changes to sex assault laws threaten to undermine fair trial: Webb

Proposed changes to Canada's sex assault laws threaten to undermine the fair trial rights of accused people by forcing them to disclose evidence in their possession, says Toronto ... Read more

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SCC ruling could have 'chilling effect' on defence lawyers: Manishen

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision to stem unnecessary delay caused by too many motions being filed raises concerns it may have a chilling effect on ... Read more

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The hidden consequences of driving convictions

By Joanne Griffiths There are a number of different  driving-related offences  in the  Criminal Code  for which you may find yourself before the courts. ... Read more

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Crowded Ontario courts: many charges for violent crimes withdrawn

By John Navarrete In Ontario, nearly half of all criminal charges are withdrawn before trial. This rate outpaces every other part of Canada. A recent report suggests that ... Read more

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Moon’s criminal practice inspired by classics, pop culture

When Brampton criminal lawyer Michael Moon has a case on trial, he lives it. “I don’t take on many clients, and I tell them, ‘When it’s your ... Read more

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Challenging a jury for cause – be careful what you ask for

By Tyler Smith “Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it” is a variation on an old Yiddish curse: May you get what you wish for. It serves as apt ... Read more

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Penalties that bite needed to end racial profiling: Enenajor

Penalties "with teeth" should be established to end racial profiling by police, Toronto criminal lawyer Annamaria Enenajor tells VICE Media. Enenajor, a lawyer with  ... Read more

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