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What Is An Alibi

“Alibi” is the Latin term for “elsewhere”. In criminal law, when an individual claims that it is impossible for her to have committed the crime because she was somewhere else when…

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How Long Do I Have To Wait For My Trial

The Supreme Court of Canada Institutes a New Framework for Unreasonable Delay How much delay will the justice system tolerate before justice delayed becomes justice denied? Drawn out court proceedings are…

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Can The Police Intercept My Text Messages

The short answer is yes, although it is of course not as simple as that. Many people are concerned that a recent right wing government, and concerns about terrorism, have transformed…

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Can My Wife Testify Against Me

If a man confesses to his wife that he murdered someone, it used to be the case that the spouse could not testify against her husband in court, even if she…

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June 2016 - Recent Developments In The Ontario Court Of Appeal

R v Kreko, 2016 ONCA 367 – The Importance of Aboriginality in Sentencing The sentencing of aboriginal people is unique because it is supposed to take into consideration the systemic discrimination…

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Sexual Assault Cases

There has been much discussion in the media recently, as a result of the trial of Jian Ghomeshi, about whether further limits should be placed on the cross-examination of complainants by…

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The Forcillo Verdict

The jury rendered an unusual verdict in the trial of police constable James Forcillo. But was it a just verdict? It was. Most people know the facts: Sammy Yatim, a troubled…

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