Jeffrey Manishen

Jeffrey Manishen
Ross & McBride LLP
Criminal Law

Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen has spent more than three decades working as a strong advocate for clients facing a wide range of criminal charges.

Prior to joining Ross & McBride LLP in 1985, where he is now senior partner, Mr. Manishen was an assistant Crown attorney in Hamilton (1977 – 1985).

Mr. Manishen earned a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) in 1972 from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1975. He was called to the bar in 1977.

He has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in criminal litigation since 1989.

Mr. Manishen has taught advocacy courses for many years at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, at Osgoode Hall Law School and Crown Attorney's Association Continuing Education Programs. He has lectured on advocacy for the Canadian and International Association of Forensic Sciences and developed and co-chaired the Law Society's Charter of Rights and Freedoms Update Program bi-annually since 1993.

He has appeared at National Parole Board Hearings, Ontario Review Board Hearings and Law Society of Ontario Disciplinary Hearings.

On occasion, Mr. Manishen is retained by the Ministry of the Attorney-General of Ontario to serve as a special prosecutor.

He is a frequent legal commentator on CHML AM 900 Radio and CHCH television in Hamilton and may be accessed on YouTube.

In 1983, Mr. Manishen developed the concept of lawyers performing the play Twelve Angry Men on stage, an idea which sparked numerous similar productions across North America. He was a cast member in the play put on by the Hamilton Lawyers' Club at Theatre Aquarius.

Since 1977, he has been a member of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers’ Association —where he was president in 1992, Law Society of Ontario — where he served on the Paralegal Licensing Committee in 2000, Hamilton Law Association — where he received the Edward J. Orzel Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy in 2010, and Ontario Forensic Services Advisory Committee.

He is past chair of the Law Society of Ontario’s Specialist Certification Committee (Criminal Law). He was a past member of the board of directors of the Advocates’ Society, and on the board of directors and campaign co-chair in 2000 for the United Way of Greater Burlington and Hamilton.

Mr. Manishen was on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Charge Screening, Disclosure and Resolution Discussions in 1993. He is past president of Beth Jacob Synagogue, 1992-1993, and was on the board of directors for Theatre Aquarius 2004-2010.

Jeffrey Manishen Posts

Due process still important for all allegations: Manishen

While it’s positive that societal attitudes are shifting to take allegations of sexual misconduct more seriously, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen tells the Roy Green Show that there must not be “unchallenged acceptance” of all accusations to ensure due process. Read more

Judicial criticism of the Reid interrogation: a call for change

With judicial commentary on the problematic aspects of the Reid interrogation technique going into its second decade, one may wonder why police services continue to use such questionable methods, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen tells Law Times . Read more

Judges and juries not bound to theories of defence, prosecution

Neither judges nor juries are bound to follow theories of the Crown or the defence if there is evidence that could support a conviction on a different basis than that offered by counsel, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen tells CHCH . Read more

Some shortcomings amid important features of new bail directive

The Ontario attorney-general’s new directive to Crowns on how to conduct bail hearings is worthwhile in several respects but leaves gaps, says Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen . Read more

Sentencing vs conditional release: each serves a different purpose

Conditional releases are part of the way Canada’s justice system reintegrates offenders into the community in a manner that still protects society, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen tells the Bill Kelly Show . Read more

NFL disciplinary process shuns presumption of innocence: Manishen

Despite concerns about an alleged victim's credibility, the NFL suspended a Dallas Cowboys running back for domestic abuse allegations, a move Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen finds troubling. Read more

Case shows importance of evidence-based evaluation of experts

For all participants in the criminal justice system, the turn of events in one recent case demonstrates what may happen when expert evidence is admitted without having been subjected to meaningful scrutiny, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

SCC ruling could have 'chilling effect' on defence lawyers: Manishen

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision to stem unnecessary delay caused by too many motions being filed raises concerns it may have a chilling effect on criminal defence counsel, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen writes in The Lawyer's Daily. Read more

Ruling may result in more uniform approach to bail

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision that weighs in on the subject of judicial interim release pending trial has the potential to achieve significant changes to the criminal justice system, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Lawyers show off acting chops in fundraising play

Lawyers and judges will hit the stage in Hamilton for a production of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution in June to benefit a local children's fund and a community theatre, says Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen . Read more

Jordan and the right to be tried in a reasonable time

While it's "laudable" for an accused to have their trial finished within the time frames set out in Jordan, the Supreme Court of Canada never sought a comprehensive sound and statistical basis to apply those presumptive limits across the country, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen writes in The Lawyers Daily. Read more

Manishen to speak at Hamilton Law Association event

Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen will share his insights on the relationship between criminal and civil law at an upcoming professionalism session, presented by the Hamilton Law Association. Read more

Cases explore police role in connecting accused with counsel

Several recent Ontario decisions may not only change the way in which police inform accused persons of how they can exercise the right to counsel in accordance with the Charter , but also how police may have to help implement that right, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

New counselling support service useful for past jurors

Reading about new criminal trials in the media can trigger difficult memories for past jurors, making the new counselling services announced by the Ontario government a much-needed support for some former jury members, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen tells CHCH News. Read more

Consequences significant for inmate who left facility

A federal inmate who recently walked away from a Kingston correctional facility and has yet to return will likely face serious consequences when he is found, Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen tells CHCH News . Read more