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COVID-19 affect on court processes

Will COVID-19 affect my criminal case in Ontario? Yes; the closure of the courts in Ontario since mid-March continues to impact the criminal justice system. See below for more details about…

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Rape shield law

What is a Rape Shield Law? A rape shield law doesn’t stop rape (or sexual assault, the more correct legal term), but rather is designed to screen questions that the defence…

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Measures taken to slow down COVID-19
What Is An Emergency Order? Emergency orders are not new. We have just been lucky here in Ontario that they have not had…

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COVID-19 impacts on jail sentences
Are judges imposing fewer jail sentences during the COVID-19 pandemic? While this public health crisis is still fairly new, the answer so far…

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Court’s response to COVID-19
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) was a global pandemic. Originating in Wuhan, China, COVID-19…

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What Are the Different Types of Bail?
If you are charged with a criminal offense, the police have to decide what to do with you. They have three options: Release…

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What Is Restorative Justice?
There are many ways to deal with crime and criminal behavior in modern society. Most involve two parties: the state and the defendant. The…

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How Does the Justice System Treat Youths Differently Than Adults?
This blog seeks to answer the following questions: Why are youths treated differently than adults in the criminal justice system? How are youths treated differently than…

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What Is a Youth Justice Committee?
Youths (aged 12-17) charged with criminal offences are treated differently from adults by the criminal justice system. (We discussed why and how this…

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Can the Police Seize My Drugs Without a Warrant?
The answer? In three situations, the answer is Yes. Those scenarios are: If the drugs are in “plain view”; If the police are…

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What Is Direct Accountability? How Can I Get My Case Diverted?
What is “Direct Accountability”? What is “Diversion”? Diversion, sometimes referred to as “Direct Accountability”, is a means by which a defendant in a…

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Case on stolen property

In the early morning hours, a man is discovered by patrol officers sleeping in the driver’s seat of a parked and running GMC Terrain. The vehicle matches the description of a…

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