Criminal Law

Christopher Hicks' media roundup

Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks is frequently called upon by the media as a trusted source for their news stories, particularly in high-profile criminal matters. Read more

NEW Not guilty verdict the ‘only’ conclusion in Oland case: Hicks

A verdict of not guilty was the only reasonable conclusion to the second-degree murder trial of Dennis Oland, says veteran Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks. Read more

Sex assault training bill threatens judiciary independence

It’s a good thing that a bill requiring federal judges to undergo training on sexual assault died on the order table this summer, as it may have compromised the independence of the judiciary if it was passed, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen. Read more

MMIWG report chronicles loss of the ‘forgotten people’

Most Canadians have no idea of the anguish endured by residents of remote First Nations communities, Kenora criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Protect record during trial in view of possible appeal

Lawyers conducting a criminal trial should always think about how to protect the record for a possible future appeal, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau. Read more

Joseph Neuberger's media roundup

Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger is frequently called upon by the media to be a trusted source for their news stories, particularly for his focus on criminal law matters. Read more

Fight extradition orders until all appeals exhausted: Botting

It’s always wise to fight an extradition order because you never know what legal hornet’s nest you may be flying into in a foreign country, says British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting. Read more

Time to re-examine changes to provocation defence: Zita

Changes to the Criminal Code stipulating when provocation can be mounted as a defence are very restrictive and could deter people from legitimately using it, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita. Read more

Supreme Court of Canada clarifies use of prior sexual activity

By Joseph Neuberger In a recent precedent-setting case out of Alberta, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned a manslaughter acquittal and ordered a new trial due to the Crown’s failure to be alert to the issue of the victim’s privacy regarding her sexual history. Read more

Lawyers must not be punished for representing any client: Rosen

The decision by the dean of Harvard College to not renew the appointments of two faculty deans because one of them is representing a reviled criminal defendant is "outrageous and an affront to the fundamental principles of criminal justice necessary for any free and democratic society," says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen. Read more

Anonymous tip case demonstrates searches must be justified

The Ontario Court of Appeal has reaffirmed the importance of police corroborating the information they receive through an anonymous tip by recently overturning a man’s drug convictions, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel. Read more

Illegal police strip searches a ‘regular occurrence’

The use of strip searches raises tough issues for the justice system as it struggles to weigh human dignity against investigative necessity, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist. Read more

Cameras should be welcomed in Canadian courtrooms: Forstner

Cameras will inevitably come to more Canadian courtrooms, where they will shine a welcome light on the justice system, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner. Read more

Court for people with FASD ‘a terrific’ idea: Friedberg

A Manitoba court that specifically caters to people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a great idea that could work in Ontario, says Toronto criminal lawyer Matthew Friedberg. Read more

What you need to know about impaired driving charges in 2019

By Joseph Neuberger Recent changes to the impaired driving laws by the federal government developed to combat drinking and driving offences and the impact of legalizing cannabis, the laws surrounding impaired driving in Canada changed on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Read more