Criminal Law

Fight against Bill C-51 just beginning: Neuberger

The legal profession will rise up to challenge the constitutionality of the federal government’s proposed Bill C-51 once it becomes law , says Toronto criminal defence lawyer Joseph Neuberger . Read more

Drunk driving acquittal highlights rare finding of police misconduct: Harnett

A client's acquittal on an impaired driving charge — because the investigating officers had no reasonable suspicion to justify a roadside breath sample — is extremely unusual in these circumstances, says Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett . Read more

Presser acts for intervener in landmark SCC digital data case win

The Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) recent landmark decision is important because it ensures protection of Canadians’ privacy rights when it comes to digital material stored on a shared computer, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser , who acted as counsel for an intervener in the case. Read more

Consider grassroots options for treating drug addiction: Handlarski

Opening the administration of methadone to those who have a “stake in the recovery of the drug addicts” is a way to create a treatment system that works, Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Second or third trials an exhausting ordeal for all

Taking on a second or even third trial is emotionally exhausting for clients, witnesses and counsel — but if the stakes are high, it’s a challenge they must accept, Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau tells . Read more

Power to demand breath samples strips civil liberties: Neuberger

Giving police the power to demand a mandatory breath sample from any driver they lawfully stop is an “unnecessary” erosion of civil liberties that will clog the courts with challenges for years, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger tells Global News Radio . Read more

Term psychopath 'morality masquerading as science': Fennel

It’s time we stop dehumanizing offenders by designating them psychopaths, a label based on uncertain science, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel . Read more

Goldlist draws strength from past turmoil in mentoring at-risk youth

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist is mentoring young women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence, helping them overcome and even draw strength from their adversity. Read more

Trump's willingness to intervene in Meng detention roils Canada's justification

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reaffirmed Canada's commitment to the rule of law following Donald Trump's declaration that he might intervene in charges against a top Chinese corporate executive who was arrested in Vancouver. Read more

Dennis Oland murder trial focuses on his father's missing iPhone

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — One of the most baffling aspects of the Richard Oland murder case was the focus of attention at his son's trial on Wednesday: What happened to the multimillionaire's cellphone, the only thing taken from the crime scene? Read more

Dostaler’s client acquitted of care and control charges

Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler ‘s successful result in having her client acquitted of drunk driving charges turned on the fact that the woman's only intention in sitting in the driver's seat of a running vehicle was to charge her cellphone, she writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Beware of extortionists using #MeToo backdrop for financial gain: Webb

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb says she has witnessed an increase in extortion attempts coinciding with the emergence of the #MeToo movement. Read more

Gun crime mandatory minimums interfere with Gladue principles: Dale

A Nunavut decision shows mandatory sentences for gun crimes inappropriately constrain judges when dealing with Aboriginal offenders, Toronto criminal and civil litigator Laurelly Dale tells Read more

Hicks' client not guilty of first-degree murder — convicted of manslaughter

A Toronto man was found not guilty of first-degree murder but convicted of the lesser offe... Read more

Maintaining fairness paramount in sex assault trials: Izadi

Those in the justice system should be as vigilant about ensuring there's no political interference to derail the court process as they are about supporting sexual assault victims bringing complaints forward, Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi tells . Read more