criminal law


  • Samples from suspected impaired boater scrutinized

    Samples from suspected impaired boater scrutinized

    Aug 6, 2018

    The legality of taking extra blood samples from a suspected impaired boater by an emergency room technician for “police use” is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada as a result of a strongly worded dissent at the Ontario Court of Appeal.

  • Rules change could hamper access to justice: advocates

    Rules change could hamper access to justice: advocates

    Aug 6, 2018

    The Ontario Bar Association is raising concerns about how amendments to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s model rules to prevent money laundering could negatively impact access to justice.

  • Personal injury lawyers turn to litigation financing

    Personal injury lawyers turn to litigation financing

    Jul 23, 2018

    Lawyers who represent plaintiffs in smaller personal injury firms say they are turning to specialized litigation financing to fund disbursements and expert witnesses, as well as other expenses.

  • Mass murder and capital punishment

    Jul 16, 2018

    Recent mass shootings in the United States have tended to confirm Canadians’ sense that such events can’t happen here. Similar events in Canada are not numerous, but those that have occurred are not well known.

  • The lasting impact of the Forcillo conviction

    Jul 10, 2018

    Earlier this year, the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of former Toronto Police Service officer James Forcillo over his conviction of attempted murder and the resulting sentence of six years.

  • Legal battle over dial-a-dope operations may go to SCC

    Legal battle over dial-a-dope operations may go to SCC

    Jul 9, 2018

    A legal battle over whether certain kinds of undercover investigations are entrapment when there is not reasonable suspicion that a specific target is engaged in criminal activity may ultimately be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • No end to Mr. Big investigations after Hart

    No end to Mr. Big investigations after Hart

    Jul 9, 2018

    After the Supreme Court issued its ruling in July 2014 in R. v. Hart, which outlined a framework for trial courts to assess “Mr. Big” police undercover operations, the characterization of the decision by major media outlets and some legal scholars was similar.

  • Appeal filed over acquittal of man involved in attack

    Appeal filed over acquittal of man involved in attack

    Jul 9, 2018

    The federal government is seeking another opportunity to convince a court that a self­radicalized attacker who acted on his own initiative is subject to the Criminal Code provisions related to committing indictable offences for the benefit of a terrorist group.

  • Priorities beckon

    Jul 9, 2018

    Efficiency and the justice system — two words that tend not to be paired together very frequently.

  • New AG to face significant challenges

    New AG to face significant challenges

    Jul 9, 2018

    Caroline Mulroney will face a series of challenges as Ontario’s attorney general, as lawyers look to her office to improve the efficiency of the legal system.

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