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The intersection of criminal and family law

When serious allegations of assault, sexual assault or threatening are made in the midst of a separation or divorce, it can be a difficult obstacle for the accused to overcome ... Read more

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Zita finds her home in criminal law

When Toronto criminal lawyer  Jessica Zita  walked into the offices of  Hicks Adams LLP  as a summer student, she felt her career click into place. ... Read more

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The need for bail reform: Webb

The defence bar has become well acquainted with the frustrating reality of a bail system that suffers from numerous deficiencies, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb writes in ... Read more

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OCA decision a win for vulnerable accused

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision to allow a "treatment incapable" person to consent to a treatment condition is a victory for vulnerable people all over Canada, ... Read more

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OCA ruling on sexual assault case is fair and just: Neuberger

In a case where the complainant couldn’t identify her assailant and the DNA evidence was inconclusive, the Ontario Court of Appeal has rightfully ordered a new trial, ... Read more

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Hicks presents self-defence to answer manslaughter charge at trial

In his opening address at a manslaughter trial in Kingston, Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks reminded the jury that his client is presumed innocent in law at that stage ... Read more

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Botting calls for moratorium on extradition until Act is revised

In the wake of the Hassan Diab case, there should be a moratorium on all extraditions from Canada until the Extradition Act is revised, says British Columbia criminal lawyer ... Read more

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LAO project helps lawyers provide access to justice: Hicks

A Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) pilot project that streamlines the way lawyers are paid is helping to soften the impact of chronic underfunding in the system, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Self-reps and the need for more help

More help needs to be provided for self-reps in a justice system where some accused people can’t afford counsel and don’t qualify for legal aid, says Oshawa ... Read more

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Why do some murders get more attention?

The intense media and police focus on the suspicious deaths of billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman contrasts sharply with the fleeting attention given to those that occur ... Read more

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SCC ruling on dangerous offenders to have massive impact

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision will have widespread ramifications for dangerous offender cases, requiring judges to impose an indeterminate sentence only on criminals ... Read more

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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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