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Billiards with the Bar fundraiser: lawyers helping those in need

Serving more than 60,000 meals each year to people in need, the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program is putting out a call for help to the legal community, says Toronto ... Read more

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Accuracy a concern around roadside saliva-screening device

Roadside saliva-based drug-screening devices being considered for use in Canada may sweep up thousands of innocent drivers in their net if the technology isn't right, says Toronto ... Read more

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Rehabilitation preferable to lengthy sentences in fentanyl cases

Fentanyl is a dangerous drug and in a league of its own from a potency perspective — but from a criminal justice view, it is important that sentences reflect societal ... Read more

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OCA orders new trial in manslaughter case after rare Crown concession

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has ordered a new trial for two men convicted of manslaughter after the Crown, in a rare move, conceded that the trial judge’s charge to ... Read more

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Harnett to argue medical marijuana patient voices should be heard

Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett and other counsel will be arguing in the Superior Court of Justice on Monday for leave to intervene in a case where the City of ... Read more

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Bail, probation and parole systems in need of overhaul: Goldlist

Canada’s bail, probation and parole systems are keeping vulnerable offenders trapped in a revolving door, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist .  ... Read more

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Cell searches a serious privacy intrusion

OTTAWA — Canadians should be ``very concerned'' about their cellphones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents, the federal privacy ... Read more

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Bail decisions and the value of providing reasons

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling calls on judges and justices of the peace to provide explanations about how they reached a decision in a bail hearing, says Oshawa ... Read more

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Fingerprints taken as a youth – can they be used against me?

By Aliki Yorgiadis The short is answer is yes. When can they be used against you? The long answer is to look at s. 119(2)  of the  Youth Criminal Justice ... Read more

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The use of amicus curiae in cases involving informants

The use of informants makes it impossible for defence counsel to get all the facts in a case, but the use of amicus curiae could go a long way to alleviate any concern they have ... Read more

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Court rules police breached time limit in accessing youth record

Several marijuana-related charges against an Ontario man have been dismissed after his counsel, Toronto criminal lawyer Aliki Yorgiadis , argued police accessed his fingerprints, ... Read more

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The legalization of marijuana and the Jewish community

Marijuana legalization needs limitations on how people access it — not unlike alcohol and tobacco in Canada, Toronto criminal lawyer  Matthew ... Read more

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Onus on accused in murder cases to show cause for bail

The bail decision in the case of an Ontario neurosurgeon accused of killing his wife points to some of the misconceptions around bail in murder cases in Canada, says Toronto ... Read more

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Culture shift in bail court?

By Kristin Bailey A limited pilot project in two Ontario courts has begun. Judges will now sit in bail court in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa and in College Park in ... Read more

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Progressive police discretion helpful during opioid crisis

Toronto welcomed “The Works” — its first “legal” safe injection site — in August, but as the drugs being injected by the patients are still ... Read more

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Case shows importance of evidence-based evaluation of experts

For all participants in the criminal justice system, the turn of events in one recent case demonstrates what may happen when expert evidence is admitted without having been ... Read more

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OCA highlights the importance of free speech: Handlarski

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) recently emphasized the right to free speech in a ruling that reversed a trespassing charge against a man who protested on town property, Toronto ... Read more

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OCA provides clear direction on dissent, free expression

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) decision that quashed a trespassing charge against a self-described citizen journalist is "instructive" for future cases, Toronto criminal ... Read more

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New sexual assault laws likely to face Charter challenge

Defence lawyers should be worried about legislation that proposes significant changes to Canada’s sexual assault laws, as counsel need to be able to use all relevant ... Read more

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Bail process involves balancing Crown’s concerns, public safety

TORONTO — A Toronto neurosurgeon charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife has been denied bail. Dr. Mohammed Shamji, 41, showed little emotion as he ... Read more

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