Criminal Law

Legal Aid cuts penny wise but pound foolish: Fennel

Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will lead to unjust convictions as more defendants are forced to go unrepresented, Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel says. Read more

Scruton rewarded by an early fascination with Charter

Kamloops criminal lawyer Lisa Mae Scruton set off on the path to her future career at an earlier age than most. Read more

Video voyeurism ruling glimpses at new reality of communicating

A decision by Ontario's top court to uphold a voyeurism conviction of a man who secretly took screenshots of his then-girlfriend in sexually provocative poses during video chats illustrates "a tension in the law that we will start seeing more of," especially as intimate relationships become more intertwined and dependent upon technology and the sharing of media, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita. Read more

Unsafe rooming house issue requires collaborative solutions: Sa’d

Unlicensed rooming houses or basement apartments could lead landlords to jail, says Toronto landlord/tenant lawyer Caryma Sa’d. Read more

'Good luck' trying to charge guillotine protesters: Stilman

Demonstrators’ use of a fake guillotine to protest planned cuts by the Ontario government should be seen more as “political theatre” than a threat to Premier Doug Ford, Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman tells the National Post . Read more

Avoid never-ending tournament, create different career path

Law students should consider taking the career path less travelled, Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski suggests in an article penned for Law Times . Read more

Oland defence team presented more 'persuasive' arguments

Veteran Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks predicts Dennis Oland will be acquitted in the slaying of his millionaire father Richard, prompting a Crown appeal of the decision. Read more

Public fear over criminals changing their name 'overblown'

Even the rarest combination of a name and sex change will not provide anonymity to notorious offenders in Canada, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Second opinion in criminal cases can help the accused

A second set of trained eyes on a criminal investigation can boost a defendant’s case, says Toronto-area private detective Jim Downs. Read more

Wisdom through experience helps to better serve clients

Nearing his 76th birthday in a profession that acknowledges the value of age and experience, British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting says he is hitting his "stride." Read more

Using provocation as a defence in criminal cases

Provocation is a very misunderstood defence, particularly because it comes with very clear limits on when it can be used, Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Pro bono appeal program 'good quality advocacy:' Daviau

Helping the Probono Inmate Appeal (PIA) program is “a tremendous amount of work but well worth it,” Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Passion to help the underprivileged drives Kumar

Growing up in one of Toronto’s less affluent neighbourhoods has given her first-hand insight into the inequality found within our justice system, criminal defence lawyer Rashmi Kumar tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Balancing harsh reality of prison and respect for the court

It’s important to maintain dignity and respect for the court when advocating a lesser sentence for a “combative” client, Toronto criminal defence lawyer Tyler Smith tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Extreme inebriation defence needs top court's consideration

Two competing Ontario Superior Court decisions have left the defence of extreme inebriation ripe for constitutional review by appeal courts, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more