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Hicks: OCA decision 'right one' for police officer who shot teenager

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has made the right decision in upholding the attempted murder conviction of a police officer who shot a teenager on a streetcar, says Toronto ... Read more

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The importance of the defence, no matter the crime

While lawyers are challenged about the people they represent “all the time,” Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith tells the Durham Region News that he’s ... Read more

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OCA ruling holds police accountable for their actions: Rosen

By upholding the attempted murder conviction of an officer who shot a dying teenager, the Ontario Court of Appeal  (OCA) has reinforced the principle that police must ... Read more

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Presser authors chapter in book about women in criminal justice

Toronto criminal lawyer  Jill Presser  says young females should be fully informed before following her into the tough but rewarding practice area. Presser, principal ... Read more

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Smith: is the plea of nolo contendere available in Canada?

The Criminal Code doesn’t permit a plea of nolo contendere , however the jurisprudence establishes that a similar procedure is available to accused in Canada, Toronto ... Read more

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Crown withdraws, judge apologizes as Harnett's client cleared

Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett tells AdvocateDaily.com the recent withdrawal of sexual assault charges against his client by the Crown mid-jury trial and subsequent ... Read more

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Forcillo appeal decision doesn't alter law around police force

By Jacob Stilman On July 27, 2013, Const. James Forcillo of the Toronto Police confronted Sammy Yatim, who was armed with a knife, yelling in a threatening manner, while ... Read more

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Understanding Ontario's marijuana laws and potential changes

By Joseph Neuberger Since each province will ultimately be responsible for establishing its own rules, things could especially be confusing in cities and areas that are ... Read more

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Lawyer uses her experience on the street to inspire youth

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist is drawing on her past experiences as a street youth to teach life skills to homeless and marginalized young people.   The ... Read more

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Gadhia's client acquitted of manslaughter after complex trial

A young man has been acquitted of manslaughter after Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia argued that the death of a co-worker was the result of group horseplay gone wrong. ... Read more

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Shifting cases from Superior Court just 'optics': Neuberger

The federal government's latest plan to reduce Superior Court backlogs will just burden lower courts with a heavier workload, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger ... Read more

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Shorter timelines needed in all areas of law

While R. v. Jordan has gone a long way to make the criminal system more efficient, there’s a need in all other areas of law to set timelines that prevent cases from ... Read more

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Bill C-75 problematic with many 'wrong-headed' reforms: Rosen

The federal government’s wide-ranging package of criminal justice reforms in Bill C-75  is fraught with serious problems that will do more harm than good, says Toronto ... Read more

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Case highlights limitations of Canada's extradition law

A case involving two teens who are pleading to stop their mother’s extradition to England for allegedly abducting them underscores the limitations of the law surrounding ... Read more

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Presser to deliver keynote at mental health law conference

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice Conference: Beyond Fitness and NCR — Mental ... Read more

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'Mandatory minimum' bill would be welcome: Friedberg

OTTAWA — An Ontario senator tired of waiting for the Liberals to bring in their promised changes to mandatory minimum penalties while they watch how they fare in the ... Read more

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Plan to curtail prelims is fixing something not broken: Daviau

The federal government’s plan to curtail preliminary inquiries is an ill-advised attempt to speed up the justice system that may end up slowing it down, says Toronto ... Read more

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No system fix for defendants found fit yet mentally ill: Zita

The justice system must do a better job of handling defendants who, although deemed fit to stand trial, are mentally ill, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita . Many ... Read more

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The two parts of R. v. Gladue

By Kristin Bailey We all know that Aboriginal offenders are grossly over-represented in the Canadian criminal justice system. R. v. Gladue was released by the Supreme Court ... Read more

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Don't eliminate peremptory challenges, widen the jury pool: Hicks

The federal government’s plan to eliminate peremptory challenges of jurors is a wrong-headed “knee-jerk” reaction to a single high-profile trial and will ... Read more

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