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Decision on stayed murder charges a must-read: Webb

A decision explaining why a mentally ill man’s murder charge must be stayed because of his treatment in custody should be required reading for all members of the justice ... Read more

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Solitary confinement ruling step in right direction: Handlarski

TORONTO — Ontario's top court has placed a hard cap on solitary confinement in prisons, saying inmates can no longer be isolated for more than 15 days because that amounts ... Read more

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Ruling upholds 'freestanding right' to counsel: Forstner

The Ontario Court of Appeal has issued a decision that strongly affirms that a suspect's right to consult a lawyer is a psychological lifeline when they are detained by ... Read more

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Animal cruelty cases handled by two forces in Alberta

Enforcement officers have more latitude in Alberta when it comes to dealing with animal cruelty cases, Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn  tells  ... Read more

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In criminal proceedings, testimony is evidence

People charged with domestic violence are often surprised to learn that they can be convicted solely based on their partner’s testimony, Ottawa criminal lawyer  ... Read more

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Troubling legislation results from 'knee-jerk' reactions

Hashtag activism and the government’s reaction to it have led to bad law, particularly the elimination of peremptory jury challenges, the reduction in preliminary inquiries, ... Read more

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Ex-mortgage broker avoids jail time in sex assault, fraud case

After three years of investigation and prosecution for multiple charges of sexual assault and defrauding the public, the imposition of a suspended sentence and probation for three ... Read more

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Judge 'properly applied' test in sex assault acquittal

The recent acquittal of a Newfoundland man accused of sexual assault is a stellar example of trial fairness rather than a "bold" legal decision, Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Decoding automated decision-making in the justice system

A day-long conference on the use of automated decision-making (ADM) in the Canadian criminal justice system helped build on the critical work of developing a legislative and ... Read more

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Issue of access to justice a major flaw in courthouse scheme

Planned courthouse assignments for the Toronto area could prevent those charged with offences from getting a timely release on bail, restricting access to justice and clogging ... Read more

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How to handle an in-custody appeal

Managing client expectations is a key part of handling in-custody appeals, Toronto criminal lawyer  Lindsay Daviau tells  AdvocateDaily.com . “Appeals are ... Read more

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Know your rights: Neuberger

By Joseph Neuberger Being arrested, detained or charged with a crime can leave you feeling scared and vulnerable. It’s important to remember that in a situation like ... Read more

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All municipalities 'should embrace' media alert on verdicts

A recent directive that requires Toronto judges to alert the media when a jury is about to come back with a verdict will benefit the general public, Toronto criminal lawyer ... Read more

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Lavalin case underscores need to clarify AG's role: Rosen

OTTAWA — The criminal law at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin saga dogging the federal Liberals has led to charges in just seven cases in 20 years, leading some to call for ... Read more

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Sa'd wants to help new lawyers clear hurdles of the profession

Working to break down barriers to entering the legal profession will be a priority if she's elected as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), Toronto criminal and ... Read more

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More support needed for offenders with mental health issues

Barring violent offenders from programs designed to help individuals with mental health issues is doing more harm than good, Toronto criminal lawyer  John Fennel tells  ... Read more

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Oland 'shattered' main pillars of Crown's case: Hicks

Dennis Oland proved to be a highly effective witness in his own defence, tearing down the major arguments in the Crown’s case, Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher ... Read more

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Sentence reduction in heroin case an important precedent

A recent Court of Appeal decision to reduce her client's sentence to time served provides a valuable precedent for those facing charges related to drug trafficking, ... Read more

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Past history in sex assault cases a matter of context: Izadi

The Crown wants to have it both ways when it comes to the admission of evidence regarding a complainant’s past history with the accused, Toronto criminal lawyer  Melody ... Read more

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Revised impaired driving law likely to trigger appeals: Grey

New legislation granting police more discretion during roadside checks could soon face court challenges, Alberta Indigenous rights litigator  Leighton Grey ... Read more

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