Jordana Goldlist

Jordana Goldlist
JHG Criminal Law
Principal
Criminal

Jordana Goldlist, sole practitioner with JHG Criminal Law in Toronto, focuses on criminal law.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in philosophy from York University in 2004, before earning her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008.

Ms. Goldlist began her legal career as a civil litigator, focused on corporate commercial disputes, including fraud, misappropriation of funds and breach of trust claims, but now she practises criminal law exclusively.

She assists clients charged with a range of offences, including murder and manslaughter, armed robbery, as well as firearms and drug charges.

Outside of her legal work, Ms. Goldlist is a youth mentor with Covenant House shelter, a speaker and moderator at Grant House Addictions Treatment Centre and a former board member of Street Haven women’s shelter.

She is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Jordana Goldlist In The News
Why do some murders get more attention?

The intense media and police focus on the suspicious deaths of billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman contrasts sharply with the fleeting attention given to those that occur in marginalized communities, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist .  Read more

Fentanyl: a crisis with far-reaching consequences

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist says the Canadian government needs to do more to regulate the prescription of fentanyl that's causing a growing number of users to overdose amid a North American crisis. Read more

Man acquitted of murder, sentenced 22 months for manslaughter

A Niagara Falls man who stood trial for first-degree murder was convicted of the lesser and included charge of manslaughter after Toronto criminal lawyer  Jordana Goldlist successfully argued to a jury that her client was duped into his role during a deadly incident three years ago. Read more

Bail, probation and parole systems in need of overhaul: Goldlist

Canada’s bail, probation and parole systems are keeping vulnerable offenders trapped in a revolving door, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist .  Read more

Use prison segregation sparingly: Goldlist

Solitary confinement in prisons should be used as a problem-solving or assessment tool rather than as punishment, says Toronto criminal lawyer  Jordana Goldlist . Read more

Video series showcases success stories after incarceration: Goldlist

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist  has launched a video project to demonstrate how people who have been behind bars can reintegrate into society if given the opportunity and the tools. Read more

Roadside drug-screening devices raise many questions

A pilot project to test roadside drug-screening devices highlights questions around the invasiveness and constitutionality of the test, and the circumstances under which police can make a demand for a sample, Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist tells The Lawyers Daily . Read more

Low-income accused too often the focus of budget cuts

A third-party review of Legal Aid Ontario finances that found LAO “will require significant support to enable it to meet its targets” isn’t surprising, but fails to address the bigger issue of how the judicial system can be streamlined to ensure fair access to justice for all, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist . Read more

Continued prosecution of pot offences 'massive waste of tax dollars'

OTTAWA — The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. Read more

Tougher sentences failing to curb fentanyl trade

Although the British Columbia Court of Appeal recently spoke in favour of stricter sentences for fentanyl dealers in light of the current rise in deaths due to the drug, Toronto criminal lawyer  Jordana Goldlist  tells The Lawyer’s Daily that harsher sentences will not curtail the crisis. Read more

Treating substance abuse as a disability could do more harm

Growing legal pressure on employers to treat substance abuse as a disability could do more harm than good by devaluing the role that free will plays in overcoming addiction, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist .   Read more

Give police chiefs ability to suspend officers without pay: Goldlist

A new survey suggests Ontario's police governing agencies want the province to grant police chiefs the authority to suspend officers accused of serious misconduct without pay. Read more

Case collapse underscores shortcomings of Crown screening

Two men have been cleared of firearms and threatening charges after they were vindicated by a video that the Crown had in its possession for 24 months, says Toronto criminal   lawyer Jordana Goldlist .  Read more

New jail hires a positive step forward

TORONTO – Ontario is hiring more corrections staff, including officers, nurses, psychologists and segregation managers in an attempt to address issues with solitary confinement and inmates with mental-health challenges. Read more

Officer receiving salary after conviction highlights need for reform

An Ontario constable who continues drawing his salary after being convicted of an on-the-job sexual assault is a prime example of why the police compensation system needs reform, says Toronto criminal defence lawyer Jordana Goldlist. Read more

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