criminal law


  • Groups intervene over sexual assault convictions

    Groups intervene over sexual assault convictions

    Sep 11, 2017

    Human rights organizations are intervening in an appeal by an HIV-positive man convicted of two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm. Ryan Peck, executive director of HIV & Aids Legal Clinic Ontario, and Richard Elliott, executive director of the Canadian HIV/Aids Legal Network, say their organizations are intervening in an upcoming Nova Scotia Court of Appeal case.

  • Caution urged on national security bill

    Caution urged on national security bill

    Sep 11, 2017

    The government has tabled a massive omnibus bill to overhaul the country’s national security regime, which will be debated this fall. Lawyers say they have concerns about how the bill addresses issues such as collection of personal information, information sharing with other governments and how to help clients who find themselves on the no-fly list.

  • Bail under scrutiny

    Sep 11, 2017

    The ticking clock on court delays imposed by Jordan continues to run, with a range of results. Law Times reports that the Ontario Court of Justice launched a pilot project earlier this month to see whether having judges conduct bail hearings could reduce delays in the criminal justice system. Normally, it is justices of the peace who hear bail proceedings — a practice that has drawn the ire of some critics who feel this should be handled only by lawyers.

  • A call for change in bail

    Sep 11, 2017

    It is an undeniable fact that bail courts in Ontario are in crisis. What seems to be becoming even clearer is that no amount of attention to spotlight the issues is enough to fix them.

  • Damages awarded in racial profiling case

    Damages awarded in racial profiling case

    Sep 11, 2017

    A ruling in a civil damages case awarding $80,000 to a man racially profiled by a Toronto police officer is believed to be the largest of its kind so far in Ontario. Lawyers say the ruling in Elmardy v. Toronto Police Services Board 2017 will have important effects on how damages are sought in relation to racial profiling by police.

  • Concerns voiced over non-lawyer JPs

    Concerns voiced over non-lawyer JPs

    Sep 5, 2017

    Of the 38 justices of the peace the provincial government appointed this summer, only 12 have law degrees. This has led to a renewed call by lawyers for a requirement that justices of the peace who preside over bail hearings have a law degree.

  • Protest protested

    Sep 5, 2017

    Lately, the act of public protest — particularly on public grounds — is getting more scrutiny than ever before. Therefore, the legal elements of the recent ruling in Bracken v. Fort Erie (Town), 2017 ONCA 668 may have important implications for municipalities across Ontario.

  • OCA upholds contempt finding against lawyer

    OCA upholds contempt finding against lawyer

    Sep 5, 2017

    90-day sentence cut to 45 days. The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a contempt finding against a lawyer for failing to produce documents ordered by a judge.

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