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October 2019 Criminal Law Round-up

News:Most of the month of October was dominated by news of the federal election. And while criminal justice issues did not feature prominently in the parties' platforms, the election allowed for some reflection on the Liberals' performance on the justice portfolio...

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September 2019 Criminal Law Round-up

This September, 90 days after it received Royal Assent, a number of the amendments contained in Bill C-75 come into force. These new provisions will change procedures in the Criminal Code, ranging from preliminary inquiries, juries, intimate partner violence and the...

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July/August Criminal Law Round-up

Well, the end of summer is upon us. As kids go back to school and holidays come to a close, it's time to dive into some notable cases from the past two months: In R v. Dudhi, the Ontario Court of Appeal dealt with the issue of racial profiling in the context of a...

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May/June 2019 Criminal Law Round-up

After a brief hiatus in May, we're back with a double edition of your latest round-up. There is lots to catch up on in the world of criminal law, so read on: News: In June, Legal Aid Ontario announced that it would be cutting various aspects of criminal certificates,...

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On Diversity in the Legal Profession

Yesterday, at Convocation at the Law Society of Ontario, the newly elected benchers debated the controversial Statement of Principles (SOP), which requires lawyers to tell the Law Society in an annual report that they have written a statement that outlines their...

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An overview of R v. Barton

The Supreme Court released its highly anticipated decision in R v. Barton today. The case, which dealt with a myriad of issues arising from the murder trial of Bradley Barton, touches many areas of law, including use of prior sexual activity, honest but mistaken...

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April 2019 Criminal Law Round-up

News:Doug Ford's government introduced its budget this month, which included a 33% cut to Legal Aid's budget. This move, meant to 'streamline' the delivery of legal services to low-income Ontarians, has been harshly criticized by lawyers, who know that it will have...

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