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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

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac and Arun S. Maini 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

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac and Arun S. Maini 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

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac and Arun S. Maini 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?

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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