Criminal Law

Rosen's mentorship of young lawyers recognized with major CLA award

When Toronto criminal lawyer John M. Rosen started to practice after his call to the bar in 1970, mentorship was virtually unknown unless you were lucky enough to work with an experienced counsel. Read more

Low threshold for legal aid blocks access to justice in serious cases

An artificially low-income threshold prevents many people charged with serious criminal offences from getting affordable justice, says Toronto defence lawyer Jordana Goldlist. Read more

Cities aiming to restrict firearms open door to legal challenges

Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn tells Vice while a municipality or province can't control firearm ownership, they can make it difficult to accommodate gun owners and vendors. Read more

Understanding the legal landscape of domestic assault

People facing a domestic assault charge have more options than they think to address the accusation, Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler tells Read more

Former groundskeeper acquitted of sexually assaulting Halifax woman

HALIFAX — A Halifax judge has acquitted a former Saint Mary's University groundskeeper of an alleged sexual assault last year. Read more

Presumption of innocence only thing between justice and lynch mob

The presumption of innocence for people accused of sex assault is threatened by a growing tendency to automatically believe complainants, says Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale. Read more

Preparation key to successful cross-exam: Hicks

Preparation is the key element to a successful cross-examination when defending a client in murder trials, says Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks. Read more

Grey Wowk Spencer LLP welcomes new partner

Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey and Lawren Wowk are pleased to welcome Hart Spencer into the firm’s new partnership of Grey Wowk Spencer LLP. Read more

Preparation key to successful self-defence argument: Daviau

Self-defence homicide is developing in Canada, as two recent cases show — but it's not a simple tactic for a criminal defence team to apply, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau. Read more

A lesson from Dr. Seuss for burgeoning lawyers

By Ryan Handlarski . One of my favourite books of all time is the children’s book ‘ Oh the Places You’ll Go ’ by Dr. Seuss. I read this book to my son almost every week and it has a lesson in there that I think is good advice for all lawyers. The book cautions its young readers (or listeners) as follows: Read more

Witness’s memory loss claim throws wrinkle into criminal case

A witness’s claim to a complete memory loss has raised unusual issues in a home invasion case, says Toronto criminal defence lawyer Tyler Smith , who defended one of the accused in the matter. Read more

Concerns around gunshot-detection system need to be addressed

Privacy concerns over the City of Toronto’s plan to increase surveillance and incorporate new audio technology to detect gunfire are “a little overblown,” Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Law allowing consecutive periods of parole eligibility ‘ludicrous’: Hicks

A Criminal Code provision giving judges the power to sentence murderers to consecutive periods of parole ineligibility brings the justice system into disrepute by allowing "absurdly long" periods of incarceration, says Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks. Read more

Increased surveillance not the answer to gun crime: Gadhia

The City of Toronto’s plan to increase surveillance and incorporate new audio technology to detect gunfire in the wake of the Danforth shootings is not going to reduce gun violence, Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Some thoughts on bail in Toronto

By John Fennel . Anyone who knows anything about bail in Toronto knows that delays are the rule. Nevertheless, Mayor John Tory recently blamed fictional speedy releases on bail for some of the recent gun violence in Toronto: “we can’t have people getting out on bail 20 minutes after they’re arrested for using a gun.” In Toronto, nobody gets out on bail in 20 minutes for jaywalking, let alone a gun crime. Nevertheless, these fictions about bail continue to exist. Read more