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How a vastly unpopular judgment is just and fair: Dale

The stay of proceedings in the Surrey Six massacre evoked public outrage but it is a “just and necessary judgment" in a case that came to be defined by confidential ... Read more

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Fewer self-reps with applications for state-funded counsel

Fewer defendants would be forced to represent themselves in criminal trials if they could make informal judicial applications for state-funded legal representation, says Toronto ... Read more

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Is a Superior Court declaration binding to other judges?

Whether an Ontario Superior Court justice's declaration that a law is unconstitutional binds other judges is an ongoing debate with significant implications, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Botting honours memory of the late Chief Justice Allan McEachern

By Gary Botting On a pedestal in the foyer of the Vancouver Law Courts at  800 Smithe St. , confronting the statue of blind justice, sits the bust of the late Chief ... Read more

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Men convicted of Babcock murder unlikely to get parole: Hicks

The first-degree murder verdict for two men accused of killing 23-year-old Laura Babcock came after jury deliberations that were "quite long," Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher ... Read more

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No free pass for suspected ISIS fighters returning to Canada: Rosen

The recent debate in Parliament between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer, the Conservative leader, about what to do with Canadian citizens who return home after ... Read more

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Judicial criticism of the Reid interrogation: a call for change

With judicial commentary on the problematic aspects of the Reid interrogation technique going into its second decade, one may wonder why police services continue to use such ... Read more

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Smith’s client acquitted of human trafficking

A man who was represented by Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith has been acquitted of human trafficking charges after a five-week jury trial in Superior Court in Oshawa.  ... Read more

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Retiring chief justice will leave enduring legacy: Hicks

OTTAWA — Canada's retiring top judge says more must be done to ensure the justice system is accessible to everyone in a timely way — and Beverley McLachlin hopes she ... Read more

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Former chief justice right on sexual assault cases

The Supreme Court of Canada’s former chief justice Beverley McLachlin was right to stress the rights of accused to a fair trial in sexual assault cases during a recent ... Read more

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Ontario sexual assault cases to get outside review

By John Navarrete Certain criminal cases will soon be reviewed by an independent body. Sexual assault cases in various areas of Ontario and in Calgary, Alberta, will be ... Read more

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Inquiry into racial profiling, discrimination a welcome move

TORONTO — Decades of complaints about racial profiling and discrimination by police officers in Canada's most populous city have prompted a wide-ranging inquiry by Ontario's ... Read more

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Englit prof to lawyer: a trip to Wonderland

By Gary Botting Having worked as a professor of English literature and drama for 20 years before attending law school, I naively peppered my early legal arguments in court ... Read more

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SCC ruling a 'refreshing reset to search law'

OTTAWA — Canadians can expect the texts they send to remain private — at least in some cases — even after the messages reach their destination, the Supreme Court ... Read more

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SCC decision brings implications for informer privilege

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC)  decision  that ruled on informer privilege will have widespread implications for many criminal matters, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Judges and juries not bound to theories of defence, prosecution

Neither judges nor juries are bound to follow theories of the Crown or the defence if there is evidence that could support a conviction on a different basis than that offered by ... Read more

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Civil process would speed up enforcement in revenge porn cases

As revenge porn is an area that is rapidly evolving beyond the walls of the criminal justice system, repackaging it as a category in small claims/civil court or as a ... Read more

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Graduated licensing would help inform selection of defence counsel

There is nothing to stop a new law school graduate or real estate lawyer from defending an accused charged with murder — a situation that needs to be addressed ... Read more

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Man's 70-year sentence without parole permitted by law change

PEMBROKE, Ont. — A 60-year-old man convicted of killing three women during an hour-long rampage in the Ottawa Valley two years ago has been sentenced to life in prison with ... Read more

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Lo Greco Stilman: a full-service firm with a community connection

Lo Greco Stilman LLP is a full-service, community-based law office located in a mixed commercial-residential neighbourhood of North York that focuses on building relationships ... Read more

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