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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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B.C. court decision highlights Canada's system of checks and balances

The British Columbia Court of Appeal’s decision to halt the extradition of two Canadian citizens to India to answer charges in an alleged honour killing highlights the ... Read more

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Some shortcomings amid important features of new bail directive

The Ontario attorney-general’s new directive to Crowns on how to conduct bail hearings is worthwhile in several respects but leaves gaps, says Hamilton criminal lawyer ... Read more

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Case law developments have improved trial fairness: Hicks

Important developments in case law over the last couple years have made trials — jury trials in particular — more fair, says Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks ... Read more

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Pleading guilty in Ontario

By Christopher Hicks People accused of crimes in Canada are afforded the right to a trial, the right to compel the attendance of witnesses, and the right to have the case ... Read more

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Are you facing a misconduct claim as a real estate professional?

By Joseph Neuberger If you are a real estate professional in Ontario, society will hold you to a high standard of professional conduct. Your investment into qualifying for ... Read more

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The cost of marijuana legalization: Forstner

OTTAWA — Alberta's premier says she's worried that marijuana legalization could drive up policing and court bills her province cannot afford to pay. The justice system is ... Read more

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Law should be decided upon the act itself, not the consequences

Applying the criminal law to what is essentially a horrible accident — a momentary lapse in judgment — isn’t appropriate, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph ... Read more

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Fentanyl: a crisis with far-reaching consequences

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist says the Canadian government needs to do more to regulate the prescription of fentanyl that's causing a growing number of users to ... Read more

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New bail directive for Crowns a step forward: Friedberg

A new bail policy that directs Crown prosecutors to start with the least restrictive form of release has the potential to be helpful in reducing court backlogs and the ... Read more

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