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Sexual Assault: Innocence on Trial

A 15 year-old female teenager (let’s call her Jane) tells the police that she was sexually assaulted by a young male, also a teenager (let’s call him John) over the Canada…

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Justice on Trial

The presumption of innocence is not only a long-standing principle that has withstood a thousand years of history and politics; it is also a fundamental right enshrined in the Charter of…

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judiciary on buying justice through money.

Can money buy justice? Not surprisingly, the answer is often Yes. Despite the important principle that justice should be “blind”, and treat each individual equally, the reality is that two defendants,…

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shoplifting in a store

If you have ever been caught shoplifting, it is a stressful experience. You were confronted by store security; detained and questioned; and, in many cases, arrested and handcuffed by police. You…

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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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old lady facing fraud scam

Chances are, you have been the victim of a fraud or scam, or you know someone who has. In fact, the Competition Bureau and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre received almost 90,000…

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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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