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How Does The Government Fight Domestic Violence

Domestic violence has been identified as a major priority by both the federal government (which creates the law) and the Ontario government (which enforces the law). Because of the vulnerability of…

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What Is Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is any violence that occurs within family or intimate relationships. The main characteristic of such violence is that it occurs to people who are often vulnerable, or dependent on…

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Will A Peace Bond Show Up On A Criminal Record Check

Society today is obsessed with security. Every employee needs ID and a criminal record check. In today’s job market, a criminal record often means the difference between a paycheque and unemployment,…

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How Can I Find The Best Criminal Lawyer For My Case?

A criminal charge is a serious matter. In today’s security-obsessed environment, it seems that everyone is asked to undergo a criminal record check, whether for work, school or volunteering. A criminal…

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Right To Call A Lawyer Of Your Own Choosing

It’s the middle of the night and you are under arrest at the police station. You know the name of a lawyer, and you would like to call her instead of…

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September 2016 - Recent Developments In The Ontario Court Of Appeal

R v Dickson 2016 ONCA 665 – Requesting the Appointment of Counsel When an individual wants to appeal a decision by the Court, he is allowed to request a judge to…

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What? The Police Can Examine My Penis? The Supreme Court Says Yes

Most people would say that if police need a warrant to search a private place like a house or a car or a cellphone, surely they would need a warrant to…

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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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