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Jury calls for consecutive life sentences, but judge has final say

A judge has the option of sentencing two men who were convicted in the murder of an Ontario woman to consecutive life sentences because they are currently serving time for another ... Read more

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Pot legalization: Canadians need to educate themselves

OTTAWA — The federal public safety minister says people shouldn't jump to conclusions about when they'll be able to buy marijuana legally, as a key federal bill makes ... Read more

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'Knee-jerk reaction' to any specific case is wrong

It’s “astonishing” and “absolutely wrong” for federal politicians to have commented about the need for justice system change after the acquittal of a ... Read more

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Lawyers need to carefully consider bail pending appeal

Lawyers should think carefully before seeking bail for their clients pending appeal because there's a higher threshold to be granted release at that point, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Handlarski's client acquitted of firearms charges

A young man has been acquitted of firearms charges after Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski urged the jury to look beyond the police depiction of him as a violent drug ... Read more

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New legislation around solitary confinement needed: Smith

The Canadian government, in response to recent court rulings, has the perfect opportunity to draft new legislation that restricts the use of solitary confinement in ... Read more

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John Fennel: feels like home in the courtroom

No matter the province or state, Toronto criminal lawyer  John Fennel  feels most at home in the courtroom. Fennel, an associate with  Hicks Adams LLP , spent ... Read more

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Presser co-authors book chapter honouring OCA justice

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser remembers the honour of working closely with Justice Marc Rosenberg as a member of the amicus curiae roster to assist unrepresented ... Read more

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Due process still important for all allegations: Manishen

While it’s positive that societal attitudes are shifting to take allegations of sexual misconduct more seriously, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen tells the Roy ... Read more

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Sexual assault cases: a shift to the civil courts

There's a growing shift towards plaintiffs using civil courts to seek redress in sexual assault claims, says Toronto criminal lawyer  Joseph Neuberger . "I think it's an ... Read more

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Allegations against officer show 'poor judgment'

The allegations against a Toronto police officer — who was suspended for allegedly being high on the job and is now facing a second investigation after he and a fellow ... Read more

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Hicks' client not guilty of manslaughter

Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks ’ client has been found not guilty of manslaughter, but guilty of the lesser and included charge of assault in the death of a ... Read more

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Transgender inmates and their safety

OTTAWA — The federal prison system is changing the way it treats transgender inmates, who will now be placed in a men's or women's facility based on how they ... Read more

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New rules for B.C. gaming sector make 'common sense'

British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting tells The Lawyer’s Daily that new rules introduced in that province to counteract potential money laundering in the ... Read more

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The intersection of criminal and family law

When serious allegations of assault, sexual assault or threatening are made in the midst of a separation or divorce, it can be a difficult obstacle for the accused to overcome ... Read more

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Zita finds her home in criminal law

When Toronto criminal lawyer  Jessica Zita  walked into the offices of  Hicks Adams LLP  as a summer student, she felt her career click into place. ... Read more

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The need for bail reform: Webb

The defence bar has become well acquainted with the frustrating reality of a bail system that suffers from numerous deficiencies, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb writes in ... Read more

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OCA decision a win for vulnerable accused

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision to allow a "treatment incapable" person to consent to a treatment condition is a victory for vulnerable people all over Canada, ... Read more

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OCA ruling on sexual assault case is fair and just: Neuberger

In a case where the complainant couldn’t identify her assailant and the DNA evidence was inconclusive, the Ontario Court of Appeal has rightfully ordered a new trial, ... Read more

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Hicks presents self-defence to answer manslaughter charge at trial

In his opening address at a manslaughter trial in Kingston, Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks reminded the jury that his client is presumed innocent in law at that stage ... Read more

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