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A person taking the blame for crime he did not commit

A new client is scheduled for an intake appointment. A slightly disheveled man sits quietly in the reception room, leafing frantically through a disorganized pile of documents. Upon the initial meeting…

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Incivility in the court shown by two girls fighting in the background

How far can a lawyer go in defending his client? Does she have to be polite, demure, kind to the judge? Or should she be a fighter, tough, vicious, oppositional? The…

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Social media platform facebook open in cell phone

Social media has changed almost all facets of our society and criminal justice certainly has been no exception. It is now commontofindFacebook messages andposts, Instagram pictures and Snapchat videos being entered…

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The Ban on Driving with Hand-Held Devices

The Highway Traffic Act is a provincial statute which classifies traffic offences and regulates the licensing of vehicles, among many other transport related issues. One of the most impactful additions for…

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Language Of Choice In The Courtroom

Toronto has long prided itself as being home to an ever-growing and expanding diverse and multicultural group of people. In an effort to respond to the unique demands of the multicultural…

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Innocent or Not Guilty

The vast majority of public information about crime, police and the criminal justice system comes from the media and from movies and TV. The rise in popularity of crime dramas and…

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Murder by Starlight

The finding of Neil Stonechild on November 29, 1990, in a remote area on the outskirts of Saskatoon with one shoe was a triggering event leading to the revelation of the…

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Crime Or Terrorism

The use of vehicles to commit criminal acts of terror has been sweeping globally. This tactic was originally incited by Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch to its Western recruits in 2010. Since…

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Incivility In The Courtroom

How far can a lawyer go in defending his client? What started out for Joseph Peter Paul Groia as a criminal law case in provincial court, in which he was defending…

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A Right Under Threat

After watching a jury for the past several weeks, and my client’s view of the people who would decide his fate, I decided to write about the importance of having a…

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: Zero Tolerance For Domestic Assault

Domestic violence remains a top priority for law enforcement. The police are required in most cases to accept the statement of a complainant at face value, and lay charges without much,…

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CRA Scam

It’s tax season in Canada, which means that it is also hunting season for fraudsters seeking to prey on vulnerable, scared, or just plain trusting folks who play by the rules.…

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