Criminal Law

Holiday RIDE program facts every Ontario driver needs to know

By Céline Dostaler . With the holiday season underway, so too are the holiday RIDE program checkpoints. Each year, law enforcement agencies across Ottawa and throughout Ontario set up checkpoints in an effort to curtail impaired driving from both alcohol and drugs. Read more

Another impaired defence goes to that 'great courtroom in the sky'

Defence lawyers will have to devise new and innovative ways to succeed for those clients charged with impaired driving, Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Officer had to order other cops away from Oland crime scene, trial hears

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The battered body of multi-millionaire Richard Oland attracted unwanted attention from several Saint John police officers who visited the scene just to get a look, the Dennis Oland murder trial was told Friday. Read more

Appeal court ruling on plea arrangements a ‘game changer:' Dunn

The Alberta Court of Appeal has endorsed a plea deal negotiated by Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn , sending a strong message that judges need to respect sentencing agreements. Read more

Timing of stomping noises 'important' to Oland defence: Hicks

SAINT JOHN — A man who worked in Richard Oland's small office building told police he heard five or six "loud stomps'' on the night the multi-millionaire was bludgeoned to death — but the timing would exclude Dennis Oland as a suspect in the killing. Read more

Using excessive intoxication as a defence for sexual assault

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision means that the defence of extreme self-induced intoxication is now available for defendants to use in sexual assault cases, says Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler . Read more

What law students, legal entrepreneurs can learn from Ferris Bueller

By Ryan Handlarski . “Life moves pretty fast,” says a young Matthew Broderick to the camera breaking the fourth wall with the audience in the classic 80s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Read more

Neuberger urges police discretion in period of marijuana transition

Police should use discretion with members of the public as they become accustomed to new laws surrounding marijuana possession, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Dangerous offender ruling a good starting point: Zita

A recent Supreme Court of Canada judgment examining the dangerous offender designation helps clarify the process for the classification, along with the subsequent consideration of indeterminate sentences, Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita tells . Read more

Consider plea negotiations after all other options exhausted: Goldlist

Lawyers should enter into plea negotiations only as a last resort, Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist says, pointing to a high-profile murder case in which her client had the charge against him reduced, netting him an immediate release from custody. Read more

Cruelty of extradition exposed by telemarketer's case: Botting

The case of a Canadian telemarketer jailed in California exposes the "cruel misuse of family ties" in the extradition process of his client, British Columbia extradition lawyer Dr. Gary Botting tells . Read more

Rosen comes full circle with Martin Medal honour

Fearlessness, empathy, curiosity, inventiveness and the right amount of skepticism are key traits of an effective litigator, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen , the 2018 recipient of the prestigious G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal. Read more

Politicizing gun violence issue 'won’t get us anywhere:' Dale

There are no simple answers to the problem of gun violence, Toronto criminal and civil litigator Laurelly Dale tells . Read more

Therapeutic jurisprudence: a criminal justice revolution

In the first instalment of a four-part series examining therapeutic jurisprudence, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner discusses how the way an accused is treated in court will shape their perception of the system. Read more

Oland mistrial and proceeding judge alone is 'correct' decision: Hicks

A mistrial has been declared in the retrial of Dennis Oland for the second-degree murder of his father, with the jury dismissed over police ``improprieties'' and the case to be heard by judge alone. Read more