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What Are the Different Types of Bail?

Blog by Cassy Beaulac and Arun S. Maini 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?

Blog by CassyBeaulac and Arun S. Maini 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?

Blog by Arun S. Maini 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?

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac and Arun S. Maini 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?

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac and Arun S. Maini 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?

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac and Arun S. Maini 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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Right for speedy trial

Justice delayed is justice denied. These words resonated recently with a Hamilton Superior Court judge when he decided to terminate the prosecution of domestic violence charges against three people. Justice Andrew…

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Reducing Access to Justice Part 2: The Preliminary Inquiry

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac and Arun S. Maini To read part 1 of this series, please click here. The presumption of innocence is under attack in Canada, and particularly in Ontario.…

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I Missed My Court Date

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac and Arun S. Maini Recently, a man was arrested by Belleville police for transportation fraud. The arrest followed one day after the man was alleged to have…

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Reducing Access to Justice: Legal Aid in Ontario (Part 2)

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac and Arun S. Maini To read part 1 of this series, please click here. What is the cost of justice? Of preserving fundamental rights, like the presumption…

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What Are Dangerous Offenders?

In Canada, most criminal offences carry maximum or minimum sentences. Having a system like this ensures sentencing consistency and transparency by ensuring that offenders will get similar sentences for similar crimes…

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