Criminal Law

Access to breathalyzer logs critical to the defence: Dunn

A recent Supreme Court judgment that places limits on when the accused can have access to breathalyzer maintenance logs is disappointing, Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn tells Read more

Political interference could 'trump' extradition attempt

Counsel for embattled Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou will rely heavily on constitutional and treaty arguments in a fight against their client’s extradition, says B.C. extradition lawyer Dr. Gary Botting , who has advised Meng’s legal team. Read more

Duty to defend your client is paramount: Dale

Courtroom civility, though important, must never come at the expense of mounting a vigorous defence, says Toronto criminal lawyer and civil litigator Laurelly Dale. Read more

Reasons behind serial killings may never be known: Goldlist

It’s unlikely that confessed serial killer Bruce McArthur will ever be freed from prison even if his eight sentences run concurrently, Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist tells the CBC. Read more

Trump comments central to high-stakes extradition case: Hicks

A high-profile extradition case involving a senior executive of a Chinese tech giant could hinge on the perception of political interference by U.S. President Donald Trump, Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks tells CTV News Channel . Read more

McArthur guilty plea to eight murder counts 'unprecedented:' Zita

Bruce McArthur’s guilty plea to eight counts of first-degree murder is an “extraordinary” circumstance, Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita tells CBC News. Read more

McArthur plea has benefits for Crown, defence: Daviau

There are many reasons for Bruce McArthur to forego a trial and plead guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau , who defends clients accused of homicide. Read more

Bruce McArthur pleads guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder

TORONTO — A serial killer who preyed on men from Toronto's gay village for years has pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder. Read more

Striking down victim surcharge 'fantastic:' Daviau

There were more than a few outstanding court decisions in 2018 worth celebrating, Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau tells Read more

Many facets to weigh when considering an appeal: Zita

A lawyer should carefully consider multiple factors when determining whether to appeal a conviction and never hesitate to recommend that course if it’s in the client’s best interests, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita. Read more

Courtroom advocacy – an acquired skill

Understanding the nuances of the courtroom is knowledge acquired through experience, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen , whose career spans five decades and includes some of the most high-profile murder trials in the nation's history. Read more

Blood evidence on Oland's jacket 'rather remarkable:' Hicks

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The cellphone of murdered multimillionaire Richard Oland was never found, but steamy messages and text exchanges with his mistress were captured on a computer backup program. Read more

Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of child luring provisions

The Supreme Court of Canada will rule on a case involving the use of a fictitious online identity in a sexual luring investigation that will have a major impact on similar litigation, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb . Read more

Botting heaps scorn on U.S. over latest Meng extradition manoeuvre

The U.S. Department of Justice is foolhardy to persist in asking Canada to extradite detained Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou, says Dr. Gary Botting , a B.C. extradition lawyer who has been following the case closely since Meng’s arrest on Dec. 1. Read more

Latest drinking and driving legislation 'unfathomable:' Neuberger

“Troubling” legislation that allows police to demand a breath sample two hours after a driver has parked their car will eventually be contested at the Supreme Court, predicts Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger , whose firm is often retained to run constitutional challenges. Read more