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Expansion of ‘rape shield’ law will lead to wrongful convictions: Neuberger

Proposed changes to Canada’s sex assault laws — that would make a complainant’s relevant sexual communications presumptively ... Read more

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Justice denied to many because of strict legal aid rules: Zita

More people charged with criminal offences are defending themselves in court, mostly because they can’t afford a lawyer, but Toronto criminal lawyer  Jessica Zita ... Read more

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Decisions provide guidance on use of reasonable force

Recent jury decisions have given homeowners increased clarity over when and how much force they can use when faced with an intruder in a threatening situation, Calgary ... Read more

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Charged with a sex crime? Call a lawyer, say nothing to police

A person charged with sexual assault should always speak to their lawyer before saying anything to investigators, Toronto criminal lawyer  Laurelly Dale  says. Dale, ... Read more

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Build bridges not mistrust to improve police-community relations: Smith

A harsh response by authorities to the recent rise in deadly shootings in Toronto isn’t necessarily the best way for police to react, Toronto criminal lawyer  David ... Read more

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Presumption of innocence critical in sexual assault claims

The #MeToo movement has seen many high-profile people fall from positions of power, with some facing criminal charges, Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler  tells ... Read more

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Bill C-51 — evidence in sexual assault cases

By Joseph Neuberger We have seen a significant shift in the criminal justice system over the past two years that has and will continue to erode the ability of an individual's ... Read more

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Mandatory minimum sentence for child luring unconstitutional: Harnett

Toronto criminal lawyer  Aaron Harnett  says the mandatory minimum six-month sentence his client faces for child luring is unconstitutional and amounts to cruel and ... Read more

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Fennel lauds man who fought pre-meeting searches by police

Toronto criminal lawyer  John Fennel  says he appreciates the man who won his challenge of the constitutionality of the Toronto Police chief’s claim that officers ... Read more

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A 13-year-old cannot be tried as an adult for murder

It’s rare — though not unheard of — for a serious charge such as first-degree murder to be laid against a 13-year-old, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger ... Read more

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Facing an LSO investigation with counsel is critical: Daviau

Lawyers should never face a Law Society of Ontario (LSO) investigation without counsel, says Toronto criminal lawyer  Lindsay Daviau . An investigation often begins with a ... Read more

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Court strikes indeterminate sentence for Botting's client

British Columbia criminal lawyer  Gary Botting fought successfully to strike the indeterminate sentence placed on his client following a recent B.C. Court of Appeal ruling. ... Read more

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Writing a compelling, effective factum for an appeal

Writing in a compelling manner that is straight to the point is a necessary art in crafting an appellate factum, Toronto criminal lawyer  Melanie Webb tells ... Read more

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OCA grants absolute discharge for NCR man detained for 10 years

After spending more than 10 years in psychiatric hospitals for making harassing phone calls, a non-violent man has been granted an absolute discharge by the Ontario Court of ... Read more

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Drug-impaired driving will pose challenges for courts: Dostaler

With marijuana set to become legal this fall, a shortfall of police officers trained to tackle drug-impaired driving may lead to testing delays, making it more difficult to prove ... Read more

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Izadi champions rights of criminal accused

Fairness and the rule of law   have always been important to Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi . “I was obsessed with the idea since I was about 10 years of ... Read more

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Criminal defence runs in the blood for feisty McKay

When the Crown makes an offer to Calgary criminal lawyer Ian McKay , it has to be something pretty special to get his attention. “I’ve never been a ... Read more

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OK to ask for ID but searches without cause a problem: Hicks

Pride Toronto’s decision to allow festival-goers to openly carry alcohol beyond patios and beer gardens if they buy a special wristband and agree to the possibility of a ... Read more

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No-nonsense criminal lawyer Dostaler tells it how it is

Don’t ask Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler to sugarcoat the truth. It’s just not in her nature. “I’m a no-nonsense kind of ... Read more

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More lawyers needed in political office: Dale

More lawyers are needed in political office so the government can draw on their legal expertise and “weigh in on the legality” of laws, Toronto criminal and civil ... Read more

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