criminal law


  • OCA rethinks sentencing appeals

    OCA rethinks sentencing appeals

    Mar 18, 2019

    The jurisdictional basis for summary conviction sentence appeals in Ontario was front and centre in a recent ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal.

  • Nixing victim surcharges a good move

    Mar 18, 2019

    Late last year, the Supreme Court of Canada quashed the mandatory victim surcharge imposed on accused convicted of criminal offences.

  • Facial recognition technology raises concerns

    Facial recognition technology raises concerns

    Mar 11, 2019

    Toronto criminal defence lawyer Jordan Donich says he has concerns about the possible uses of facial recognition technology.

  • Conviction upheld in Court of Appeal ruling

    Conviction upheld in Court of Appeal ruling

    Mar 11, 2019

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction and sentence of the third defendant in an unusual scheme where a Toronto lawyer and two other men committed a nearly $2-million fraud against RBC to purchase Australian gold bars stamped with images of kangaroos.

  • Firm in $1.7-million dispute with insurer

    Jan 21, 2019

    Global law firm Dentons Canada LLP is locked in a $1.7-millon dispute with its insurer after staff at the firm’s Vancouver office fell victim to an alleged scam.

  • Crown only has to prove ‘realistic risk’

    Crown only has to prove ‘realistic risk’

    Dec 3, 2018

    The bar for the Crown to meet to prove that there was a “realistic risk” to the public by someone found intoxicated inside a parked car is a low one, an Ontario Superior Court judge stressed in a recent ruling.

  • Harsh conditions mean more enhanced credit requests

    Harsh conditions mean more enhanced credit requests

    Dec 3, 2018

    Harsh conditions and frequent lockdowns in provincial detention centres are leading to more applications for “enhanced credit” for pretrial custody beyond the standard amount permitted under the Criminal Code.

  • Court delays persist, despite Jordan

    Court delays persist, despite Jordan

    Dec 3, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada decision in Jordan and the problems it tried to address are still top of mind in the criminal courts in Ontario nearly two-and-a-half years after it was released.

  • Ontario human rights case makes it to the big screen

    Ontario human rights case makes it to the big screen

    Dec 3, 2018

    An impasse between Pardeep Singh Nagra and the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association transformed within a few days from a sports dispute into a human rights precedent in the country and also a story that received national media attention.

  • Scrutiny heightens on NCR findings

    Scrutiny heightens on NCR findings

    Dec 3, 2018

    Two high-profile criminal proceedings in Toronto have again put a spotlight on the issue of defendants who are found not criminally responsible as a result of mental illness and what needs to be shown before this finding is accepted.

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