Criminal Law

Dale testifies on Bill C-75 before parliamentary committee

In recent testimony before a House of Commons Justice Committee, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale said the elimination of preliminary hearings, as proposed by the federal government's Bill C-75 , would obstruct the administration of justice. LISTEN @ 15:58 Read more

Appeal court urges province to fix transcript fee confusion

The Ontario Court of Appeal has issued a rare call to action to the provincial government to settle confusion over transcript fees, Toronto criminal lawyer Richard Litkowski tells The Lawyers Daily . Read more

Privacy expectations and the ‘electronic conversation’

By Jessica Zita . What happens to your texts once sent? Are they yours? Do you have a right to them? Read more

Will police test you for drug-impaired driving?

By Joseph Neuberger . Soon, you may be asking “What is my nanogram count?” if you decide to drive after using cannabis. Read more

Decriminalization of impaired driving a ‘road to tyranny’

British Columbia’s effective decriminalization of impaired driving has not turned into the road-safety nirvana some assumed it would, Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn tells Read more

Writing the book on Canada’s flawed dangerous offender laws

Canada’s dangerous offender laws will be scrutinized in a forthcoming textbook co-authored by British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting , who says a clause-by-clause analysis will support his arguments that important changes are needed to that part of the Criminal Code. Read more

Pair of SCC decisions 'progressive,' in step with the digital age: Zita

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision likening text message exchanges to a telephone conversation is a “progressive step” which clarifies many murky areas around the right to privacy, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita. Read more

‘How much does a criminal lawyer make?’

By Ryan Handlarski . I get asked this question a lot and before I answer, I need to know what you are thinking in asking it. Most people that ask this question are making a logical mistake. The better way of asking this question is to ask: how much does a criminal lawyer make compared to an alternative career that I could actually pursue and be successful at? Read more

Webb to co-chair OBA forensic science panel

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb will co-chair the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) upcoming panel, "Forensic Science and the Law: An Uneasy Coexistence." Read more

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'

WASHINGTON — Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford's accusation that he assaulted her when they were in high school. Read more

Top court clears way for suing police; men waited until criminal charges over

TORONTO — Canada's top court has paved the way for a pair of separate civil lawsuits to proceed by affirming earlier rulings that two men alleging police assaulted them were justified in waiting for their criminal proceedings to end before suing. Read more

Supreme Court sends strong message to vigilantes

The Supreme Court of Canada has taken a strong stance against vigilante justice, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel, an associate with Hicks Adams LLP . Read more

If the shoe doesn't fit ... you must acquit

A man has been acquitted of three robberies after Toronto criminal defence lawyer Tyler Smith argued that the similarity between his client’s shoes and the perpetrator’s, though striking, was insufficient to prove guilt. Read more

SCC reaffirms confidential informant privilege in cops’ trial

When four British Columbia police officers facing trial in the notorious Surrey Six case tried to get permission to reveal information about confidential informants to their lawyers, the defence bar pricked up its ears, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb. Read more

Appeals more complex than clients realize: Daviau

Preparation and care are more important than speed in filing appeals — something clients don’t often understand, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau . Read more