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Zoom Trials
A Superior Court judge has released her decision in the case of Alek Minassian. convicting the perpetrator of the Toronto van attack that killed ten people…

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Search and Seizure Laws (Part 3)
Can the Police Seize Evidence Without a Warrant? The short answer is Yes. A police officer can seize anything that the officer believes…

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Search and Seizure Laws
What is a Search Warrant? A search warrant is a court order issued by a Judge or Justice of the Peace. It authorizes…

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Search and Seizure Laws
The Charter of Rights guarantees that “Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure”. What does this mean? What…

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Is it safe to go to court during COVID-19?

Are the courts open? As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the courts in Ontario closed early and completely to the public on March 16th, and only as of July 6…

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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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