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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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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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Does making threats be a criminal offence?

What is a threat? In order for a threat to be a criminal offence, does the person making the threat have to “mean it”? Does the recipient of the threat have…

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Language Of Choice In The Courtroom

Toronto has long prided itself as being home to an ever-growing and expanding diverse and multicultural group of people. In an effort to respond to the unique demands of the multicultural…

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Innocent or Not Guilty

The vast majority of public information about crime, police and the criminal justice system comes from the media and from movies and TV. The rise in popularity of crime dramas and…

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Murder by Starlight

The finding of Neil Stonechild on November 29, 1990, in a remote area on the outskirts of Saskatoon with one shoe was a triggering event leading to the revelation of the…

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A Right Under Threat

After watching a jury for the past several weeks, and my client’s view of the people who would decide his fate, I decided to write about the importance of having a…

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Sexual Assault in the #MeToo Era

Harvey Weinstein. Jian Ghomeshi. Matt Lauer. Kevin Spacey. Albert Schultz. All of these men, giants in their field, have recently been taken down and held accountable for sexually inappropriate behaviour at…

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Criminal Law And Text Messages

If someone sends you a text message, is that hearsay? Can an incoming text message be used against you? R v. Bridgman, 2017 ONCA 940, a recent decision by the Court…

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Can The Police Violate The Law?

The simple answer is, thankfully, No. A senior police investigator in Waterloo recently thought he had figured out a clever way to do an end run around the Charter of Rights,…

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How The New Marijuana Legislation Will Impact Society

Impaired Driving Impaired driving is among the leading criminal causes of death and injury in Canada. It is a serious offence that significantly jeopardizes public safety, as impaired drivers risk the…

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