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Justice funding boost positive, but more needed for legal aid

While an increase in funding for the justice sector in the recent British Columbia budget is good news, Vancouver criminal and appellate lawyer Gary Botting tells The ... Read more

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Ontario courts in need of tech updates: Forstner

It is an unfortunate reality that the technology available to most people in the developed world is still not present in Ontario’s court system, says Oshawa criminal lawyer ... Read more

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Dealing with accusations of professional misconduct as a teacher

By John Navarrete Professional misconduct among educators in Ontario can take on different forms, and the severity can range from allegations of harm done directly to ... Read more

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OCA decision highlights challenges of sexual assault cases

An Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) decision that ordered a new trial in a “he-said, she-said” date-rape case is a thorough judgment that sets out the difficulty that ... Read more

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U.K. extradition case instructive for Canada

Britain’s high court has made a well-considered decision in refusing to allow the extradition of an Englishman with mental health issues to face computer hacking charges in ... Read more

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Changes needed to how jury rolls are created: Smith

In order to have juries that are more representative of the community, changes need to be made to how jury rolls are put together instead of altering the method of selection in ... Read more

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Fraud incidents in Ontario becoming more prevalent

By Joseph Neuberger There is a new law on the books that makes it illegal to sell anything related to utilities by going door to door. The Consumer Protection Act in ... Read more

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Verdict in Winnipeg case only 'reasonable' outcome: Hicks

The not-guilty verdict for a man accused of killing a 15-year-old aboriginal girl in Winnipeg was the right one given the paucity of evidence against the accused, Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Botting's client receives minimum sentence for murder

A British Columbia teen originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother — and facing life imprisonment without parole eligibility for 25 years — ... Read more

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SCC dangerous offender decision a win for society

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC)  decision on dangerous offenders gives defence counsel cause for guarded optimism, says Toronto criminal lawyer David Smith . ... Read more

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Case highlights need to look at mandatory minimums

An Ontario judge has struck down a mandatory minimum sentence for a drug smuggling offence, ruling that two years in prison would be a “grossly disproportionate'' punishment ... Read more

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Canada must investigate terrorist suspect

Before a British-Canadian man accused of joining ISIS in Syria is allowed to re-enter this country, a thorough investigation of his activities must be carried out by Canadian ... Read more

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Segregation rulings good news for mentally ill inmates

Three recent rulings that restrict the use of solitary confinement are good news for mentally ill inmates as long as governments follow through with substantial reforms, Toronto ... Read more

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Domestic violence and the police: a primer

When alcohol or high emotions lead to physical conflict in a marriage, all too often one partner will call the police and then live to sorely regret it, says Toronto criminal and ... Read more

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Ontario ruling key to aboriginal sentencing

A key 2017 Ontario Court of Justice decision  is an impactful judgment that modernizes a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling from 19 years ago that carried widespread ... Read more

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Novel legal process preserves the right to an appeal

In a rare legal procedure, Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith ’s client preserves his right to appeal a first-degree murder conviction after waiving the bulk of the ... Read more

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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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