Criminal Law

Identification evidence is all about reliability: Neuberger

Juries must be very careful when assessing the reliability of eyewitness evidence, as there is a very good chance it is incorrect, says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger. Read more

Having a positive impact on client’s life ‘most rewarding’

His passion for defending the rights of others stems from a law course he took in high school, says Toronto criminal lawyer Mitchell Huberman. Read more

Meng extradition political poppycock: Botting

By Dr. Gary Botting for AdvocateDaily.com The attempted extradition of Chinese corporate executive Meng Wanzhou by the United States is entirely political. Read more

Self-reps clogging criminal courts, adding to cost: Hicks

Criminal defendants unable to afford lawyers are increasingly clogging up the court system amidst a massive misallocation of resources, says Toronto criminal defence lawyer Christopher Hicks. Read more

Liberals misleading public with 'assault-style' firearms

The latest gun control statements from the federal minister investigating ways to curb organized crime are nothing more than “political rhetoric designed to install fear in urban Canadians,” says Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn. Read more

Goldlist decries ‘latest attack on legal gun owners’

Targeting law-abiding citizens to change the behaviour of those who ignore the law “makes absolutely no sense,” says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist. Read more

Resemblance does not amount to positive identification: Smith

Even highly trained police officers, schooled in observing suspects, can make errors, says Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith , who recently had charges against a client dropped due to misidentification. Read more

Case comes down to communicated consent: Rosen

A hearing to determine whether and to what extent that an alleged victim’s sexual history can be entered into evidence should have been held prior to the trial of an Ontario truck driver charged in the death of a sex trade worker, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen. Read more

Griffiths drawn to assisting those in difficult situations

When criminal lawyer Joanne Griffiths enrolled in university, she intended to become a doctor, specifically a psychiatrist who could assist people in challenging, stressful situations. Read more

Culture of Complacency positively rocks courthouse

London criminal lawyer Carolynn Conron says advocating for people doesn’t stop when court ends — she is also passionate about charitable work and helping others in her community. Read more

Gun debate typifies historic tension between freedom, safety

Handgun bans infringe on the civil liberties of law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to prevent violent, predatory crime, says Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn. Read more

Rape shield amendments interfere with access to justice

A recent case illustrates how amendments to the rape shield provisions of the Criminal Code have “thrown criminal litigation into insane disarray,” says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger. Read more

Bans fail to address root issues behind gun violence

Handgun bans are not the solution to violent crime because they chiefly affect law-abiding citizens, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist. Read more

Considering a plea deal begins with the client: Daviau

A client's intentions must be top of mind when advising whether to accept a plea deal, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau. Read more

Reasonable steps requirement weakens presumption of innocence

A dissenting Supreme Court (SCC) judge was right to declare unconstitutional a section of the internet child-luring law that essentially obliges the accused to prove their innocence, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi. Read more