Criminal Law

Reduce recidivism, justice system costs with therapeutic jurisprudence

In the second instalment of a four-part series, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner examines the concept of therapeutic jurisprudence. Read more

Weigh costs, benefits when choosing a law school: Handlarski

Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski has a message for students — graduating with a manageable debt should be more important than the name of the law school on your diploma. Read more

Drug acquittal a lesson in due diligence: Smith

If you take a rigorous approach and advance every possible defence, good things can happen, says Toronto criminal defence lawyer Tyler Smith , who recently secured his client an acquittal in a drug case that seemed insurmountable at the outset. Read more

Parole denial violates man's Charter rights: Botting

An Iranian immigrant denied parole may be the victim of a racist system, British Columbia criminal lawyer Gary Botting tells . Read more

Dale to police: start dialogue to break cycle of distrust

Two reports that address “systemic racism” within the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) should be viewed as a call to action to build trust with Indigenous people, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

New law school should be seen as opportunity for innovation: Rosen

A new Toronto law school should include a centre of study to develop lawyers and solutions for the 21st century, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen . Read more

SCC to examine Charter protection in firearms, drug case

A dissenting Ontario Court of Appeal judge may have broken new ground in defining the privacy rights of citizens outside their homes, says Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn . Read more

Add more bite to police watchdog mandate: Zita

The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) needs to be more transparent in order to gain and maintain public trust, Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita tells . Read more

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