Aaron Harnett

Aaron Harnett
Aaron B. Harnett
Sole Practitioner

Criminal defence lawyer and owner/operator of Broadview Law Chambers, Aaron Harnett's practice focuses on a variety of criminal cases in the trial and appellate courts in the Toronto area. 

Mr. Harnett was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992 after obtaining his Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. He has practised exclusively in the area of criminal law.

His notable cases include what is considered the landmark decision legalizing medical marijuana by the Ontario Court of Appeal in R. v. Parker; the striking down of provisions governing the searches of law offices (s.488.1 of the Criminal Code) in the Supreme Court of Canada’s R. v. Fink; and the murder trial in the death of Toronto police officer William Hancox.

Mr. Harnett is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Criminal Lawyers Association. In addition to individuals facing prosecution, his clients include companies facing criminal and quasi-criminal investigations.

Broadview Law Chambers is a commercial office space offering a wide range of services to meet the needs of lawyers and law-related professionals in Toronto.

Aaron Harnett In The News
Harnett to argue medical marijuana patient voices should be heard

Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett and other counsel will be arguing in the Superior Court of Justice on Monday for leave to intervene in a case where the City of ... Read more

Progressive police discretion helpful during opioid crisis

Toronto welcomed “The Works” — its first “legal” safe injection site — in August, but as the drugs being injected by the patients are still ... Read more

Decision to keep a prisoner in segregation needs daily review: Harnett

With the release of the Howard Sapers’ report scrutinizing the use of segregation, it’s encouraging that correctional facilities are trying to manage mental-health ... Read more

Stay all marijuana charges before the courts pending new laws: Harnett

Now that Ottawa has introduced legislation that, if passed, will allow Canadians to carry up to 30 grams of marijuana, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett is calling for all ... Read more

Canadians 'way ahead' of politicians on marijuana legalization

TORONTO — Prominent marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery were charged with multiple drug-related offences in Toronto on Thursday after police in several cities raided ... Read more

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

Task force recommendations on cannabis legalization reasonable, realistic

Federal task force recommendations on the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada sets out a reasonable and realistic approach to establishing a framework that allows ... Read more

Prison farms empower inmates and reduce recidivisim: Harnett

TORONTO – Public consultations carried out by the federal government suggest there is ``strong support'' for reopening prison farms that were shut down across the country ... Read more

New medical marijuana regime another step in a convoluted dance

A new regulatory regime for medical marijuana, the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), came into force Aug. 24 and will improve access and affordability ... Read more

From the courtroom to the farm: one lawyer’s advocacy

Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett is taking his advocacy work beyond the courtroom to the farm to create awareness about raising animals more humanely without chemicals and ... Read more

Lawyers give back through Rotary, community service clubs

Service clubs such as Rotary provide a uniquely effective way for lawyers to give back to their community, says Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett .  “It is ... Read more

Ontario case will impact prosecutions under bankruptcy law: Harnett

A judge of the Ontario Court of Justice has handed down what is believed to be an important precedent that will impact how some cases are prosecuted under Canada’s ... Read more

Ghomeshi acquittal a “win” for Canadians: Harnett

TORONTO – The acquittal of former CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi is a “win” for all Canadians, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett tells AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

Ghomeshi case put justice system on trial: Harnett

As Ontario Court Justice William Horkins is set to deliver his ruling on five charges against former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett tells ... Read more

Lowering the standard of proof a dangerous proposition: Harnett

Although the Jian Ghomeshi trial sparked calls from some women's rights advocates and legal experts for changes to the way the justice system handles sexual assaults, Toronto ... Read more

Thousands of messages between Ghomeshi complainants 'worrisome:' Harnett

TORONTO – Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial is hearing that two of the complainants who testified against the disgraced broadcaster discussed the allegations in thousands ... Read more

No re-exam for first Ghomeshi complainant 'shocking:' Harnett

The Crown attorney in the Jian Ghomeshi trial may have chosen not to re-examine the first witness because of inconsistencies with her testimony unveiled by the defence during a ... Read more

Ghomeshi trial begins with sensitive exhibits discussion: Harnett

TORONTO – Former radio star Jian Ghomeshi came across as a humble, charming and chivalrous gentleman who, without warning, would turn violent, his sexual assault trial heard ... Read more

Selling pot at the LCBO a 'measured, sensitive approach'

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s statement that marijuana, once it’s legalized, should be sold in provincially owned LCBO stores is a conservative, sensitive approach that ... Read more

Woman's right to timely trial infringed, judge stays charges

A judge has stayed the impaired driving charges against a client of Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett because the “inexcusable institutional delay” in ... Read more

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