Lawrence Forstner

Lawrence Forstner
Forstner Law

Lawrence Forstner, principal of the Oshawa, Ont. firm Forstner Law, focuses on criminal law.

He graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in photography, before earning his Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2013 before being called to the Ontario Bar in 2014.

With a background as a probation and parole officer and an assistant Crown attorney, Mr. Forstner handles summary and indictable criminal offences such as domestic assault and impaired driving, as well as traffic and other regulatory offences.

Mr. Forstner is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Durham Region Law Association.

Lawrence Forstner In The News
Corrections system provides a model for therapeutic jurisprudence

This is the final instalment in a four-part series on therapeutic jurisprudence by criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner. The front half of the criminal justice system has no ... Read more

Australia should be therapeutic jurisprudence role model for Canada

In the third instalment of a four-part series, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence  Forstner  examines  what makes Australia a leader in therapeutic ... Read more

Reduce recidivism, justice system costs with therapeutic jurisprudence

In the second instalment of a four-part series, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner  examines the concept of therapeutic jurisprudence. Adopting ... Read more

Therapeutic jurisprudence: a criminal justice revolution

In the first instalment of a four-part series examining therapeutic jurisprudence, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner discusses how the way an accused is treated in ... Read more

Understanding stigma, bias key to defending domestic assault cases

Domestic assault cases can be among the most complex — and stigmatizing — in court partly because they are not dealt with the same way as common assault, says ... Read more

A call for the release of PAR program data: Forstner

Domestic violence defendants are being asked to take counselling programs that are often unnecessary and can even be harmful, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner . ... Read more

Understanding why some domestic complainants recant

The reasons why domestic assault complainants recant their statements is an issue that deserves further exploration to ensure everyone has access to justice, Oshawa criminal ... Read more

Ontario courts in need of tech updates: Forstner

It is an unfortunate reality that the technology available to most people in the developed world is still not present in Ontario’s court system, says Oshawa criminal lawyer ... Read more

Self-reps and the need for more help

More help needs to be provided for self-reps in a justice system where some accused people can’t afford counsel and don’t qualify for legal aid, says Oshawa ... Read more

SCC ruling a 'refreshing reset to search law'

OTTAWA — Canadians can expect the texts they send to remain private — at least in some cases — even after the messages reach their destination, the Supreme Court ... Read more

The cost of marijuana legalization: Forstner

OTTAWA — Alberta's premier says she's worried that marijuana legalization could drive up policing and court bills her province cannot afford to pay. The justice system is ... Read more

The perversity: access denied means justice denied

By Lawrence Forstner The Supreme Court of Canada’s Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin, recently told a group of students   that she sees access to justice and ... Read more

Bail decisions and the value of providing reasons

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling calls on judges and justices of the peace to provide explanations about how they reached a decision in a bail hearing, says Oshawa ... Read more

Facebook is used by police

By Lawrence Forstner It may not seem like the most unbelievable news to learn that the police are on Facebook, but yes that's right, the police use social media too! And ... Read more

Lawrence Forstner launches a new website

Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner  wants his clients to know he's committed to compassionately helping them find the best way forward after they're charged with an ... Read more

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