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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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Should I Testify

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac and Arun S. Maini You are facing trial on a criminal charge. Can you be forced to testify? Should you testify? Can I Be Forced to Testify?…

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Sexual Assault: The War On Innocence

My colleague Christine Lund and I have just successfully completed a sexual assault jury trial in Brampton. The day after we picked the jury, Canada’s major new changes to the criminal…

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The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Many of the cases before the criminal courts at any given time are charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (“CDSA”). The CDSA creates four types of offences involving drugs:…

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Sexual Assault

If you are facing a sexual assault charge, take note: the government has made it easier to find you guilty. In this blog, we describe five ways in which the government…

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Genocide and Jail: A Trauma Survivor Pays for Her Crime

Sentencing a fellow human being is hard. A judge has to balance punishment for the crime against the circumstances and character of the person who committed that crime. But a recent…

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Impaired Operation of a Canoe: A Canadian Dui?

Beer, BBQ and boating: a trifecta of what summer in Canada means to so many of us. But if you have a few too many before paddling away from the dock,…

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