Melody Izadi

Melody Izadi
FIRM:
Caramanna, Friedberg LLP
POSITION:
Associate
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Criminal Law

Melody Izadi, an associate with the Toronto firm Caramanna, Friedberg LLP, focuses on criminal law and regulatory offences.

Ms. Izadi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in criminology from the University of Toronto in 2009 and earned her Bachelor of Laws from Queen Mary, University of London in the U.K. in 2012. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013.

Ms. Izadi assists clients with criminal law matters, including murder, human trafficking, robbery, and sexual assault. She has represented clients in jury trials, preliminary hearings, summary conviction appeals, and pre-trial motions, and has appeared in both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.

Ms. Izadi is the criminal law columnist for LawNow Magazine and the editor of the newsletter for the Rights Advocacy Coalition for Equality. During her legal studies, she assisted with free legal clinics and researched international criminal law for Lawyers Without Borders.

She is a member of The Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, Innocence Canada, and the Rights Advocacy Coalition for Equality.

Melody Izadi Posts

Ruling against Toronto editor strikes right balance: Izadi

The one-year house-arrest sentence given to the editor of a Toronto-based publication for promoting hatred against women and Jews sends the correct message, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi. Read more

Supreme Court reminds police of arbitrary detention rules

A recent court decision should remind police that they cannot just walk onto someone’s property and demand to see identification or randomly detain someone they believe is involved in illegal activity, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi. Read more

Reasonable steps requirement weakens presumption of innocence

A dissenting Supreme Court (SCC) judge was right to declare unconstitutional a section of the internet child-luring law that essentially obliges the accused to prove their innocence, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi. Read more

Balance needed in deciding what order cases are handled: Izadi

Ontario’s Barristers Act allows indirect discrimination at the bar in terms of who can address matters first, leaving younger, visible minority counsel at a disadvantage, Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

All municipalities 'should embrace' media alert on verdicts

A recent directive that requires Toronto judges to alert the media when a jury is about to come back with a verdict will benefit the general public, Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Past history in sex assault cases a matter of context: Izadi

The Crown wants to have it both ways when it comes to the admission of evidence regarding a complainant’s past history with the accused, Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Decisions involving African-Canadians could have major impact: Izadi

Two cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) — where race was a factor in securing lesser prison terms — will have a significant impact on future sentencing decisions should the original rulings stand, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi . Read more

Maintaining fairness paramount in sex assault trials: Izadi

Those in the justice system should be as vigilant about ensuring there's no political interference to derail the court process as they are about supporting sexual assault victims bringing complaints forward, Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Pot smokers should proceed with caution post Oct. 17: Izadi

Canadian cannabis consumers should be cautious after marijuana laws change Oct. 17 because new police powers and the validity of impairment testing equipment both have yet to be tested in court, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi. Read more

Don't shy away from racial profiling Charter challenges: Izadi

Defence counsel shouldn’t shy away from bringing Charter challenges based on racial profiling, Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

SCC ruling not carte blanche for courtroom mud-slinging

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling says determining the balance between civility in a courtroom and being an exceptional advocate can be delicate, but it must be based on the merits of individual cases, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi . Read more

Izadi champions rights of criminal accused

Fairness and the rule of law have always been important to Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi. Read more

Airport travellers have privacy rights over baggage

Some may assume that privacy rights are moot in an airport, but the Ontario Superior Court of Justice confirms that travellers, in fact, have substantial privacy interests in their luggage, Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more