criminal law


  • Lawyers can help stop abuse of power of attorney

    Lawyers can help stop abuse of power of attorney

    Oct 23, 2017

    Cases of elder abuse resulting in criminal charges have proven to be rare, and lawyers say that it’s frustrating when police don’t take matters seriously.

  • Judge rules 44-month delay in corruption trial is all right

    Judge rules 44-month delay in corruption trial is all right

    Oct 23, 2017

    An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that a 44-month period from the time charges were laid until the expected end of trial is not unreasonable, in part because it is a rare prosecution under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

  • Counsel can’t share disclosure with media

    Counsel can’t share disclosure with media

    Oct 16, 2017

    An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that defence counsel cannot disseminate disclosure they receive to the media.

  • What’s in store for the Supreme Court?

    Oct 16, 2017

    The fall term of the Supreme Court of Canada, which began Oct. 3 and continues through early December, will be Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s last. She officially retires Dec. 15.

  • Disclosure dilemma

    Oct 16, 2017

    We live in a time of extreme paradoxes. Never has so much information been available so readily, thanks to the power of online news, digital devices and social media platforms.

  • Details around controversial surveillance unknown

    Details around controversial surveillance unknown

    Oct 16, 2017

    How widely police in Ontario utilize controversial surveillance techniques that can capture private data from large numbers of non-targets in a criminal investigation is unknown, because there are no formal requirements to make the data public.

  • Failure to disclose 911 call information ‘should cease’

    Failure to disclose 911 call information ‘should cease’

    Oct 10, 2017

    The Court of Appeal has blasted a policy in the Peel Region Crown attorney’s office, which did not automatically disclose 911 calls to an accused person. In R. v. M.G.T., the court found the fact that such a policy of non-disclosure existed in a Crown’s office in 2017 was “unfathomable.”

  • Modern technology needed in civil courts

    Modern technology needed in civil courts

    Oct 2, 2017

    During his tenure on the Superior Court, the frustrations expressed in rulings by Justice David Brown about the failure to make use of modern technology in the civil courts was not noted only by the legal community in southern Ontario.

  • OCA rules on amicus rates

    OCA rules on amicus rates

    Sep 25, 2017

    In a case that could eventually have implications for whether amicus curiae can be appointed in family law matters, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that the attorney general is not obligated to negotiate payment for amicus above legal aid rates. In Morwald-Benevides v. Benevides, the attorney general appealed the appointment of amici in a family law matter involving a “toxic” custody dispute.

  • New bail policy coming for Crowns

    New bail policy coming for Crowns

    Sep 18, 2017

    While new bail policies are on the horizon for Ontario’s Crown attorneys, criminal defence lawyers say the bail process needs an entire cultural shift. At an opening of the courts ceremony in downtown Toronto in early September, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi told judges and prominent members of the bar that his ministry will soon unveil a new set of bail policies and procedures for Crown attorneys.

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