criminal law


  • End legal stigma against people with HIV

    Apr 23, 2018

    For those with access to treatment, HIV has transformed into a chronic medical condition. However, in many other ways, Canada is stuck in the 1980s.

  • Sweeping changes proposed for Criminal Code

    Sweeping changes proposed for Criminal Code

    Apr 9, 2018

    Under the federal government’s proposed changes to the Criminal Code, an individual charged with selling street-level amounts of crack cocaine will be entitled to a preliminary hearing, but someone prosecuted for a significant white collar fraud will not.

  • More transparency needed on good character

    More transparency needed on good character

    Apr 9, 2018

    Lawyers are calling on the Law Society of Ontario to confirm whether it considers systemic factors when determining whether Indigenous candidates meet the “good character” requirement to become a lawyer.

  • Limitations period on sex assault claims clarified

    Limitations period on sex assault claims clarified

    Mar 26, 2018

    An ongoing lawsuit against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has also resulted in one of the only rulings to interpret how amendments that exempted sexual assault claims from limitations periods in Ontario should be applied to defendants not alleged to be the perpetrator.

  • Shorten timelines and improve perverse system

    Mar 26, 2018

    On a recent occasion, I listened to a family lawyer colleague talk about the circumstances of a case where the parties seemed to be really intransigent.

  • Family law matters

    Mar 19, 2018

    Legal aid funding is a tricky matter. There are limited resources for unlimited issues with the justice system, a sentiment I have often heard repeated by those tasked with figuring out how best to prioritize certain public policy issues with the public purse.

  • Lawyers pan minister’s response to legal aid study

    Lawyers pan minister’s response to legal aid study

    Mar 19, 2018

    Lawyers say that the federal justice minister’s response to recommendations by a Commons committee on how to improve legal aid in Canada is disappointing.

  • Immigration lawyers express support for CBSA watchdog

    Immigration lawyers express support for CBSA watchdog

    Mar 12, 2018

    Immigration lawyers are voicing support for an independent federal agency that would review the Canada Border Services Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

  • OCA rules on emergency doctrine

    OCA rules on emergency doctrine

    Mar 5, 2018

    An Ontario Court of Appeal justice has warned against “summary judgment at all costs” in her dissent of a ruling on the application of the doctrine of emergency in a personal injury case.

  • Post-Hryniak pushback

    Mar 5, 2018

    When the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its landmark judgment in Hryniak v. Mauldin in 2014, it marked a massive shift in the way civil litigation was approached.

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