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A call for the release of PAR program data: Forstner

Domestic violence defendants are being asked to take counselling programs that are often unnecessary and can even be harmful, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner . ... Read more

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Rodeo cowboy Dunn brings country sensibility to criminal defence

Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn doesn’t concern himself with what the public thinks about his clients' guilt or innocence. Whether they’ve done what ... Read more

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Burden of proof rests with the Crown: Hicks

Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks emphasized before a jury trial in Goderich that the burden of proof rests with the Crown and there is no onus on the defence to prove ... Read more

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Rape shield law unfairly applied; court quashes sex assault conviction

TORONTO — Canada's so-called rape-shield law, which aims to protect sexual-assault complainants from unfair and irrelevant scrutiny of their sex lives, cannot be used ... Read more

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Despite case, system not ‘intrinsically corrupt’

A case involving a justice of the peace fired for interfering in an assault matter in which his partner was the alleged victim is a rarity but “scary” ... Read more

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The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

By Joseph Neuberger According to the Government of Canada, the increasing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids has become a national public health crisis. In an ... Read more

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Paralegals versus criminal defence lawyers in Ottawa

By Céline Dostaler When charged with a criminal offence some individuals believe that they can defend themselves in court, but once they realize the difficulty of ... Read more

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SCC decision a step toward reducing number of Aboriginals in prison

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) says the federal prison service has failed to ensure its psychological assessment tools are fair to Indigenous inmates. In a ... Read more

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Rosen: SCC affirms counsel's right to 'fearless advocacy' in Groia case

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has reaffirmed the right of counsel to engage in fearless advocacy by quashing a finding of professional misconduct against a lawyer, Toronto ... Read more

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The impact of arrest on a young person's future

By John Navarrete “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference” – Aristotle Even over two thousand years later, Aristotle’s words ring ... Read more

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Public inquiry needed into professor’s extradition: Botting

OTTAWA — Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has asked for an independent review of an extradition that resulted in an Ottawa professor spending three years in a French ... Read more

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Bill C-46 will challenge Canadian civil liberties: Engel

The federal government’s Bill C-46 will bring "sweeping" changes to Canada’s impaired driving law that carry significant constitutional implications, says Toronto ... Read more

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New pot law too conservative but still a step ahead: Harnett

OTTAWA — The Senate has approved the Trudeau government's landmark legislation to lift Canada's 95-year-old prohibition on recreational cannabis — but with nearly four ... Read more

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One-on-one communications should be private, Presser tells SCC

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser is urging the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) to prevent police from spying on people’s one-on-one electronic communications without ... Read more

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Segregation strips people of their humanity: Zita

The call from civil rights organizations for a complete ban on the segregation of inmates who are mentally ill and for indigenous offenders is a good step toward ending a ... Read more

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What are your rights when you are detained or arrested: Pt. 2

By Joseph Neuberger If you have been arrested or detained by the police, it can be difficult to know where you stand. Especially for individuals with no previous history of ... Read more

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System failings keep criminal lawyers awake at night

When Toronto criminal lawyer  Jordana Goldlist finds herself being asked what she does for a living, she readies herself for the same inevitable question: ‘How do you ... Read more

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Dale: the potential damage from Bills C-51, C-75

Bills C-51 and C-75 are the federal government’s response to several recent court decisions and were “cobbled together with little to no research regarding trial ... Read more

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Enenajor's 'astonishing rise' as a criminal defence lawyer

Just a decade after starting law school, Toronto criminal lawyer Annamaria Enenajor has seen an “astonishing rise” to "become one of the profession’s most ... Read more

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Are you facing professional misconduct charges as an accountant?

By John Navarrete As an accountant in Ontario, you would not have been where you are without investing substantial resources into gaining the qualifications necessary to ... Read more

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