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Year: 2017

Top Criminal Cases of 2017

As the year draws to a close, it's time to look back at some of the most significant cases of 2017. Here, five excellent criminal law practitioners provide their takes on the most important cases of the past year. They cover bail, search and seizure, mental health and...

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Digital Evidence: A Book Review

Technology is now a fact of life in criminal courtrooms. There is rarely a case now that does not have some aspect of digital evidence, whether it is a text message or computer forensic report. However, the courts are often catching up to the changes. "Digital...

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November 2017 Criminal Law Round-up

News: The biggest news of the month came right at the end, when Justin Trudeau announced Sheilah Martin as the new chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Martin was elevated from the Alberta Court of Appeal and boasts an impressive resume. (Have a look...

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October 2017 Criminal Law Round-up

News:Ontario's minister of the Attorney General Yasir Naqvi released a new bail directive this month, calling it a new era for bail. The directive aims to move Crowns away from a 'risk adverse' mentality, shifting away from the routine use of sureties and encouraging...

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September 2017 Criminal Law Round-up

Summer is finally gone and it's back to school for news and cases in criminal law. News: Bill C-45, Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts Cannabis, is winding its way through legislative...

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Defining Hate Crimes in Canada

With the recent events in Charlottesville, displays of racism and hatred are dominating headlines. But what, exactly, constitutes a hate crime? In Canada, generally speaking, there are two ways that the courts deal with criminal offences motivated by hatred...

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