Bill Trudell

Bill Trudell

Veteran criminal defence lawyer Bill Trudell brings the conversation around to issues of importance to the criminal bar and the legal profession as a whole.

Column: Sidebars

‘Judicial Accountability’ Bill highlights well intentioned hysteriaThe House of Commons has approved Bill C-337, The Judicial Accountability Through Sexual Assault Law Training Act, with little or no debate. The Senate is likely to do the same. This proposed legislation began as a private member’s bill, introduced by Interim Conservative Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition Rona Ambrose which sought to restrict eligibility for judicial appointments to individuals who had completed comprehensive sexual assault education. A blatant and dangerous interference with the independence of the judiciary, it now seems to have been amended to require this training for all judges once appointed, which is less offensive.
Monday, 10 April 2017 09:00

Piercing the judicial veil

Piercing the judicial veilWhen I started practising, it seemed that judges were revered, hardly questioned, seldom heard in public and occupied rarified positions in our society. Not many people would suggest that a judge lived on their street or rode the bus. No one would question their judgments, ethics or stability and certainly not in the media.
A meadow of hope as we say goodbye to Barack ObamaJoni Mitchell’s line from Big Yellow Taxi “That you don't know what you've got/’Till it's gone” has been used quite often in the last weeks as President Barack Obama leaves the White House and an enigma moves in. I am actually grateful that this column was due on the eve of the inauguration as I am sure it would be an interesting event to write about. However, I would have missed the opportunity to reflect on what indeed we have lost with this transition.
What the world can learn from “Music of Strangers”President-elect . . . Donald Trump?! I feel like my pen stopped in mid-sentence and looked around at me in protest. I tightened my grip, forced it to move forward and just write on.
Bon Camino: finding community far away from mineLife in law seems never to stop. Court deadlines, new files, new rules, complex trials, changing legislation, clients needs, family time outs . . . the old adage “the defence never rests” really applies to most of us in this profession. But if not a rest, perhaps a change might work. Enter the Camino.
Monday, 25 July 2016 09:00

Arms and The Man

Arms and The ManT.S. Eliot was wrong. June and July are the cruellest months, not April. Minneapolis, Orlando, Dallas and Baton Rouge, to name only a few locations, featured death by firearms.
Opening the doors to dialogue on criminal justiceSomeone told me Sunday, May 15, was for Christians, the feast of Pentecost.
Monday, 28 March 2016 09:00

Jail house of cards

Jail house of cardsMy late mother, elegant into her 90s, loved to gather with her friends and enjoy a thoughtful, perhaps itself elegant game of bridge. I was thinking that if her afternoon bridge game was alive today, there would be uncomfortable hesitation in laying down that winning hand and declaring “trump.”
Monday, 25 January 2016 09:00

Let’s Talk, indeed

Our profession is one of communicators. Clients seek our advice. We urge them to communicate the problems they are experiencing and we are trained to find and convey the solution.
Monday, 21 December 2015 09:00

Remembering Eddie Greenspan

Remembering Eddie GreenspanAs we approach another holiday I can’t comprehend how time has flown in the last year. However, I suspect that many of us will find a frozen moment in the next few days as we remember our loss at Christmas 2014.
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