Criminal Law

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

By Joseph Neuberger . According to the Government of Canada, the increasing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids has become a national public health crisis. In an effort to protect Canadians and encourage people to prioritize saving a life, an act providing legal protection to witnesses during a crisis situation became law in May 2017. Read more

Paralegals versus criminal defence lawyers in Ottawa

By Céline Dostaler . When charged with a criminal offence some individuals believe that they can defend themselves in court, but once they realize the difficulty of the court system they seek legal counsel from paralegals to help with the paperwork and understanding the justice system. However, depending on your case, this could result in receiving criminal charges, the mandatory minimum, and a permanent criminal record. Criminal defence lawyers are trained and educated in supplying you with the top legal advice and defending all charges in which you have been convicted. Defence lawyers also have the experience within the court and criminal justice system, which provides you with the support you need during one of the most difficult times in your life. Read more

SCC decision a step toward reducing number of Aboriginals in prison

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) says the federal prison service has failed to ensure its psychological assessment tools are fair to Indigenous inmates. Read more

Rosen: SCC affirms counsel's right to 'fearless advocacy' in Groia case

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has reaffirmed the right of counsel to engage in fearless advocacy by quashing a finding of professional misconduct against a lawyer, Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen tells . Read more

The impact of arrest on a young person's future

By John Navarrete . “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference” – Aristotle Read more

Public inquiry needed into professor’s extradition: Botting

OTTAWA — Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has asked for an independent review of an extradition that resulted in an Ottawa professor spending three years in a French jail, only to be released. Read more

New pot law too conservative but still a step ahead: Harnett

OTTAWA — The Senate has approved the Trudeau government's landmark legislation to lift Canada's 95-year-old prohibition on recreational cannabis — but with nearly four dozen amendments that the government may not entirely accept. Read more

One-on-one communications should be private, Presser tells SCC

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser is urging the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) to prevent police from spying on people’s one-on-one electronic communications without judicial authorization. Read more

Segregation strips people of their humanity: Zita

The call from civil rights organizations for a complete ban on the segregation of inmates who are mentally ill and for indigenous offenders is a good step toward ending a practice that has known harmful effects, Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita tells Read more

What are your rights when you are detained or arrested: Pt. 2

By Joseph Neuberger . If you have been arrested or detained by the police, it can be difficult to know where you stand. Especially for individuals with no previous history of interactions with the police, the process can be overwhelming. Read more

System failings keep criminal lawyers awake at night

When Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist finds herself being asked what she does for a living, she readies herself for the same inevitable question: ‘How do you sleep at night?’ Read more

Dale: the potential damage from Bills C-51, C-75

Bills C-51 and C-75 are the federal government’s response to several recent court decisions and were “cobbled together with little to no research regarding trial fairness and due process,” Toronto criminal and civil litigator Laurelly Dale writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Are you facing professional misconduct charges as an accountant?

By John Navarrete . As an accountant in Ontario, you would not have been where you are without investing substantial resources into gaining the qualifications necessary to practice your profession. For this reason, society typically holds CPAs to high standards of conduct. If you face allegations of misconduct, your personal and professional reputation could suffer significant harm that might even have long-term consequences. Read more

Proposal incentivizes companies to report corporate crime: Friedberg

A federal proposal that would allow prosecutors to suspend criminal charges against companies in certain types of corporate crime cases may provide the right kind of incentive for self-reporting wrong-doing, Toronto criminal lawyer Matthew Friedberg tells Read more

All too easy to extradite people from Canada: Botting

British Columbia criminal and extradition lawyer Gary Botting applauds Ottawa's decision to review the Extradition Act and calls for a moratorium on the process until the law is revised. Read more