criminal law


  • Lawyers oppose court closures at forum

    Lawyers oppose court closures at forum

    Dec 4, 2017

    The planned centralization of Toronto’s satellite provincial courts to a new courthouse will make accessing the justice system more difficult, said lawyers and other community activists at a community forum Nov. 28.

  • Lawyer questions time taken to investigate ads

    Lawyer questions time taken to investigate ads

    Nov 27, 2017

    Toronto lawyer who advertised in a publication decried as racist, misogynistic and homophobic will face a regulatory meeting at the Law Society of Upper Canada.

  • Making police accountable long overdue

    Nov 27, 2017

    There are many communities that have for years decried a crisis of confidence in Ontario police. The province’s much-anticipated new omnibus policing legislation, packaged as the Safer Ontario Act, 2017, appears to have been met with general optimism — perhaps as much a measure of the broad need and desire for change as it is of the bill itself.

  • Corrections found negligent for beating

    Corrections found negligent for beating

    Nov 20, 2017

    Correctional Service Canada has been found to be negligent in the severe beating of an inmate because he was placed in a unit with serious offenders and also as a result of staff failing to follow established security protocols.

  • Lawyers criticize proposed THC regulation

    Lawyers criticize proposed THC regulation

    Nov 20, 2017

    Lawyers say a government proposal to criminalize having a certain amount of THC in your blood two hours after driving will likely face a Charter challenge if implemented.

  • Correcting Corrections

    Nov 20, 2017

    Law Times reports that Correctional Service Canada has been found to be negligent in the severe beating of an inmate. The ruling in Fontenelle v. Canada (Attorney General), 2017 ONSC 6604, comes after the attack on the inmate at Millhaven Institution, a maximum-security facility in Ontario.

  • Expert testimony

    Nov 6, 2017

    Law Times has two stories this week that relate to expert testimony or expert witnesses. In one, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld the dismissal of a lawyer’s claim against a handwriting expert for defamation. In Deverett Law Offices v. Pitney, lawyer Michael Deverett’s firm brought a claim against a handwriting analyst who had done work for a former client.

  • Know your rights at the border

    Know your rights at the border

    Oct 30, 2017

    Technology is wonderful. Laptop computers are getting lighter. Storage capacity on laptop computers, smartphones, USB keys and other electronic devices are up in the terabytes. What this means is that everyone, including lawyers, can travel with vast amounts of personal data and client documents dating back to or before the purchase of an electronic device.

  • Estates in joint names opens up problems

    Estates in joint names opens up problems

    Oct 23, 2017

    An increasing number of estates are being put into joint names, in many cases as a means of avoiding probate taxes. Unfortunately, this can also mean that those estates become vulnerable, and the assets can be taken advantage of by the joint holder.

  • 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.

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