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A lesson from Dr. Seuss for burgeoning lawyers

By Ryan Handlarski One of my favourite books of all time is the children’s book ‘ Oh the Places You’ll Go ’ by Dr. Seuss. I read this book to my son ... Read more

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Witness’s memory loss claim throws wrinkle into criminal case

A witness’s claim to a complete memory loss has raised unusual issues in a home invasion case, says Toronto criminal defence lawyer Tyler Smith , who defended one of the ... Read more

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Concerns around gunshot-detection system need to be addressed

Privacy concerns over the City of Toronto’s plan to increase surveillance and incorporate new audio technology to detect gunfire are “a little overblown,” ... Read more

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How will the new drug-driving law play out?

The combination of legalized marijuana and the introduction of random drug testing on Canada’s roads is likely to cause a traffic jam in Canadian courts starting this fall, ... Read more

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Law allowing consecutive periods of parole eligibility ‘ludicrous’: Hicks

A Criminal Code provision giving judges the power to sentence murderers to consecutive periods of parole ineligibility brings the justice system into disrepute by allowing ... Read more

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Storyteller Sa'd brings the law to the people

Inside and outside the courtroom, Toronto criminal and landlord/tenant lawyer  Caryma Sa’d is a storyteller. “As an advocate, your job is essentially to ... Read more

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Increased surveillance not the answer to gun crime: Gadhia

The City of Toronto’s plan to increase surveillance and incorporate new audio technology to detect gunfire in the wake of the Danforth shootings is not going to reduce gun ... Read more

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Some thoughts on bail in Toronto

By John Fennel Anyone who knows anything about bail in Toronto knows that delays are the rule. Nevertheless, Mayor John Tory recently blamed fictional speedy releases on bail ... Read more

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TLA welcomes report urging juries get better payment, psychological help

Better compensation for jurors would be a positive step towards ensuring balanced juries, says Dirk Derstine , president of the Toronto Lawyers Association . Derstine, a ... Read more

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Sexual assault allegations and the presumption of innocence

By Joseph Neuberger Any criminal allegation must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt. All persons accused of an offence is innocent until proven guilty. ... Read more

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CLA awards G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal to John Rosen

The Criminal Lawyers Association has awarded the prestigious G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal to John M. Rosen , noted criminal defence counsel and founder of Rosen & ... Read more

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Solving the gun problem starts with kids: Goldlist

The answer to quelling Toronto’s gun epidemic isn’t more policing but getting the attention of children in impoverished neighbourhoods, says Toronto defence lawyer ... Read more

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SCC ruling not carte blanche for courtroom mud-slinging

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling says determining the balance between civility in a courtroom and being an exceptional advocate can be delicate, but it must be based on the ... Read more

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More than money needed to tackle gun violence: Handlarski

Tackling Toronto’s rash of shootings will take a multi-faceted approach that delves deeper into the social aspects of gun violence beyond the strong arm of the law, says ... Read more

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Understanding stigma, bias key to defending domestic assault cases

Domestic assault cases can be among the most complex — and stigmatizing — in court partly because they are not dealt with the same way as common assault, says ... Read more

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Harsh treatment in remand results in extra credit for time served

A chronic pain sufferer who sold a small amount of heroin to fund his opiate addiction was released from jail after Toronto criminal lawyer Gina Igbokwe argued he had been ... Read more

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Expansion of ‘rape shield’ law will lead to wrongful convictions: Neuberger

Proposed changes to Canada’s sex assault laws — that would make a complainant’s relevant sexual communications presumptively ... Read more

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Justice denied to many because of strict legal aid rules: Zita

More people charged with criminal offences are defending themselves in court, mostly because they can’t afford a lawyer, but Toronto criminal lawyer  Jessica Zita ... Read more

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Decisions provide guidance on use of reasonable force

Recent jury decisions have given homeowners increased clarity over when and how much force they can use when faced with an intruder in a threatening situation, Calgary ... Read more

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Charged with a sex crime? Call a lawyer, say nothing to police

A person charged with sexual assault should always speak to their lawyer before saying anything to investigators, Toronto criminal lawyer  Laurelly Dale  says. Dale, ... Read more

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