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Victim-Fine Surcharge: Blood from a Stone Canada's Minister of Justice recently announced plans to change the victim-fine surcharge regime, which since 2013, allows judges no discretion to reduce the surcharges for the poorest offenders or for victim-less crimes such as substance abuse offences. Oct 27, 2016
The Vader Case: A New Hope? The Travis Vader murder trial recently captured the attention of Canadians and was unusual in terms of being publicly broadcast and also because there was an immediate social media response by legal scholars who claim that the judge's reasons for his ruling are legally unsound. Sep 19, 2016
Searches incident to Arrest – Expanding Police Powers In a 2016 sexual assault case, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a decision to allow DNA evidence obtained by a warrant-less penile swab. Aug 09, 2016
“Reasonably Prompt Justice”: A new Framework for the Right to be Tried within a Reasonable Time In response to exceedingly long delays in trying many criminal cases, on July 8, 2016 the Supreme Court of Canada established a presumptive ceiling on the time it should take to bring a case to trial Jul 25, 2016
What is Lawyer-client Privilege? Solicitor-client privilege refers to the special relationship between a client and their lawyer, in which everything told to your lawyer and learned during the client-lawyer relationship is permanently confidential. Jul 12, 2016
Jian Ghomeshi Trial provokes Debate about Defence Lawyer Procedures In cross-examinations on sensitive issues such as sexual assault accusations, defence lawyers owe their clients an ardent defence, which means asking tough questions which will invariably be of a sensitive nature. Jul 09, 2016
A Hypothetical Analysis: Would Justin Trudeau Be Guilty of Assault? We examine the circumstances of the event that occurred in the House of Commons on May 18th when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau grabbed Mr. Brown's arm and came into physical contact with Ms. Brousseau, to determine whether the altercation technically constitutes criminal assault. Jun 28, 2016
Medications for Prisoners A Winnipeg father of three was detained for allegedly breaching his conditions of probation stemming from a charge of mischief. He was denied his prescribed medication and consequently suffered a seizure and died while in lock-up. Jun 27, 2016
Being charged with Domestic Assault Domestic assault is a serious charge. It is aggressively investigated and prosecuted due to public policy concerns and the often tragic impacts of these types of assault. Apr 10, 2016
Understanding Assault Charges Most people are aware that causing physical harm to another person can lead to assault charges. It is important to understand that verbal abuse and threats are also considered forms of assault under Canada's Criminal Code, even when no physical contact has been made. Jul 20, 2015
Civil Liability of the Police How does duty of care apply to law enforcement and their service to you? Sep 22, 2014
Understanding Criminal Negligence They say ignorance is bliss, but when you can be charged for it, most of us would disagree. Learn how simple carelessness and disregard can negatively impact the rest of your life. Mar 19, 2014
Canada's Cyber-bullying Law The world wide web is increasingly being misused for harmful and criminal activity. Learn more about the faceless threat that is cyber-bullying and the laws being implemented to combat them. Mar 18, 2014
Criminal Offences If you have been accused of a crime, it is important to be aware of the class of crime you are being charged with and how you can expect your case to be prosecuted. Sep 14, 2013
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