Criminal Law

Allocate funding wisely for gun reduction strategy: Dale

The federal government’s pledge to provide $54 million over three years to support Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy (GGVRS) will not amount to much if the money is not allocated to the right resources, says Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale. Read more

Naked B.C. man who jumped in Toronto shark tank pleads guilty to mischief

TORONTO — A British Columbia man who stripped naked and jumped into a shark tank at a Toronto aquarium last year apologized for his actions Thursday as he pleaded guilty to mischief. Read more

Stigma of criminal activity lingers: Dunn

A criminal conviction brings an element of social stigma to those involved, but when information can live forever online, even being charged can affect your reputation indefinitely, says Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn. Read more

Decision-making time should count towards Jordan deadlines

Judges should be required to deliver their decisions within deadlines set by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) or risk breaching defendants’ Charter rights, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser, who will appear before the nation’s top court this month representing an intervenor in an appeal involving the issue of delay. Read more

Accord acknowledges Supreme Court independence: Hicks

An accord between Canada’s chief justice and its justice minister aimed at strengthening the independence of the Supreme Court is not legally binding but carries strong moral suasion, says Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks. Read more

Relevance key in introducing evidence of past sexual history

The past relationship between the complainant and the accused cannot be introduced as evidence in sexual assault cases unless it is clearly shown to be relevant, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb. Read more

Targeted police stop attracting attention from criminal bar

When it comes to police demanding roadside breath tests, there is a fine line between random stops, targeted stops, and those based on reasonable suspicion, says Kamloops criminal lawyer Lisa Mae Scruton. Read more

How changes to the Criminal Code may affect your sex assault trial

By Joseph Neuberger If you have been charged with sexual assault, it is of the utmost importance that you and your lawyer lay out a coherent defence theory and obtain all necessary evidence to marshal your defence. Read more

Police in schools not the answer to gang activity: Fennel

Putting police in schools isn’t the solution to preventing kids from joining gangs, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel. Read more

Detailed factum leads to drug charges being withdrawn

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist knows first-hand it pays to write a detailed factum for Charter applications — that's how she recently secured the withdrawal of charges against her client. Read more

CBSA’s search of lawyer’s cellphone, laptop troubling: Grey

The Canadian Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) ability to search electronic devices belonging to lawyers returning to Canada raises serious questions around both solicitor-client privilege and other areas of personal information that are open to government intervention, says Alberta civil litigator Leighton Grey. Read more

Decision on testifying at trial weighs heavily on appeal

One of the biggest strategic decisions a trial lawyer can make that will affect a possible future appeal is whether to advise their client to testify, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau, who has handled numerous trials and appeals. Read more

Ruling against Toronto editor strikes right balance: Izadi

The one-year house-arrest sentence given to the editor of a Toronto-based publication for promoting hatred against women and Jews sends the correct message, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi. Read more

High school teacher jailed for secret videos of students’ chests

TORONTO — A high school teacher convicted by Canada’s top court of voyeurism for secretly video recording female students with a pen camera has been handed a six-month jail term. Read more

Situation dictates reasonable force in defending property

When determining what kind of force can be used to defend your property, the circumstances dictate what is considered appropriate, says Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn. Read more