criminal law

  • CCTV cameras don't deter crime, so why does Ottawa want them?

    Jul 19, 2019

    In the wake of several fatal shootings in Ottawa’s ByWard Market the city’s mayor Jim Watson desperately reached for the lowest of low hanging fruit – he wants to install CCTV surveillance cameras.

  • Pardons for pot possession

    Pardons for pot possession

    May 13, 2019

    When the federal government introduced legislation in March to streamline pardons for simple cannabis possession, Canada’s criminal bar had two reactions.

  • Appeal court affirms Crown immunity from police negligence claims

    Appeal court affirms Crown immunity from police negligence claims

    Apr 26, 2019

    The Court of Appeal of Ontario upheld a decision to reject a negligence-based claim against Crown lawyers.

  • No expectation of privacy in child-luring cases on the Internet, SCC rules

    No expectation of privacy in child-luring cases on the Internet, SCC rules

    Apr 18, 2019

    A man who was convicted of luring a 14-year-old girl over the Internet had no expectation of privacy in his online communications with “Leann,” who in reality was an undercover police officer, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today, in a judgement in which the judges diverged on approaches to privacy.

  • LAO keeps three refugee law service offices open, amidst cuts

    LAO keeps three refugee law service offices open, amidst cuts

    Apr 16, 2019

    Legal Aid Ontario says that for now it plans to keep three legal centres that offer refugee law services, despite an announcement that the province will no longer provide funding for the services.

  • SCC strikes down 'reasonable belief' requirement in Criminal Code for child-luring cases

    SCC strikes down 'reasonable belief' requirement in Criminal Code for child-luring cases

    Mar 15, 2019

    The Supreme Court of Canada today set aside the conviction of a man charged with child luring on the Internet and ordered a new trial. The case marked the first time the Supreme Court looked at whether the child luring provisions of the Criminal Code violated the Charter; the high court decided that it did in declaring the “presumption of belief” regarding age contained in the provisions to be of no force and effect.

  • Empowerment key to retaining women in law

    Empowerment key to retaining women in law

    Mar 8, 2019

    To ensure women continue to be represented in the legal profession, it’s instrumental for leaders to empower female lawyers.

  • Adult criminal and youth court stats show increase in delays

    Adult criminal and youth court stats show increase in delays

    Jan 29, 2019

    The time it takes to complete a charge in Canada’s criminal and youth courts has been steadily increasing according to a recent Statistics Canada report.

  • Action needed on pardon system, say criminal lawyers

    Action needed on pardon system, say criminal lawyers

    Jan 3, 2019

    The recommendations of a parliamentary committee looking into the criminal record pardon system is a microcosm of a government that has come up short on their promises for criminal justice reform, say criminal defence lawyers.

  • Scheer’s guns and gangs strategy a simple plan for simple minds

    Nov 26, 2018

    Andrew Scheer and the federal Conservative party have a plan to crack down on guns and gangs. Scheer’s plan is a simple one: End automatic bail eligibility for gang members, revoke parole for gang members and impose minimum sentences for some gang-related offences. Scheer says that his plan, unlike Justin Trudeau’s plan that puts criminals first, will keep Canadians safe.

  • Winnipeg police criminal checks facing scrutiny at appeal court

    Winnipeg police criminal checks facing scrutiny at appeal court

    Nov 13, 2018

    Early next year, a judgment is expected from the Manitoba Court of Appeal on the question of just how far law enforcement can go in preparing enhanced criminal record checks.

  • Broken promises in C-75

    Nov 5, 2018

    In 2015, prior to the last federal election, the then-third-party Liberals made three promises that warmed the hearts of lawyers who work in the criminal-justice trenches.

  • Building bigger prisons

    Nov 5, 2018

    I have never met a bad kid, but I’ve encountered ones who have done very bad things.

  • Maintenance records of breathalyzer machines are subject to third-party disclosure regime: SCC

    Maintenance records of breathalyzer machines are subject to third-party disclosure regime: SCC

    Oct 26, 2018

    In a trilogy of impaired driving cases the Supreme Court of Canada decided today, the appeals of two Alberta men who had demanded maintenance records for the breathalyzer instruments used following roadside pull-overs were dismissed, while the Quebec Crown’s appeal of a demand for disclosure was also dismissed.

  • Criminal lawyers say pardons for pot possession don't go far enough

    Criminal lawyers say pardons for pot possession don't go far enough

    Oct 17, 2018

    The federal government plans to pardon all those convicted of possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis, as Oct. 17 marks the first day in the era of legal Canadian cannabis.

  • Fallible evidence

    Fallible evidence

    Oct 15, 2018

    Although many new techniques have been developed and are being used in forensic evidence, some may have questionable bases in science.

  • The Liberals are all vision, no reform

    Oct 1, 2018

    Now is as good a time as any to see if the Liberals have lived up to their lofty justice promises.

  • How to use Google’s ‘My Activity’ to your advantage in litigation

    Aug 27, 2018

    A few weeks ago, I discovered Google’s My Activity system — not only its ability to intrude on your personal privacy by tracking your movements and thoughts on any given day but its utility to my legal practice and the endless possibilities for lawyers like me with respect to the information stored on an individual.

  • A woman's place

    A woman's place

    Jun 25, 2018

    The flight of women out of criminal law is well documented, and those who stay face many obstacles. Low rates of legal aid, fewer backup office resources or legal mentors and a lack of outside assistance if a lawyer is going on maternity leave can all have an impact.

  • Cracking down on corruption

    Cracking down on corruption

    May 28, 2018

    Canada is still lagging other countries on anti-corruption, and experts say it needs better tools