criminal law


  • Regulations can’t prevent police racial profiling

    Regulations can’t prevent police racial profiling

    Sep 10, 2018

    Lawyers continue to raise concerns that street checks by police disproportionately impact people from racialized communities, a few months before the scheduled completion of a report about provincial regulations on police checks.

  • Case on privacy rights headed to SCC

    Case on privacy rights headed to SCC

    Sep 10, 2018

    An Ontario case headed to the Supreme Court will focus on whether guests in a backyard have a reasonable expectation of privacy in police searches.

  • Back to the grindstone

    Sep 10, 2018

    A busy fall season lies ahead for lawyers. Summer is typically thought of as a season best suited for rest and relaxation.

  • Sexual assault victim awarded $200,000 in civil action

    Sexual assault victim awarded $200,000 in civil action

    Aug 20, 2018

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has rejected the notion that general damages for a sexual assault victim should be relatively modest if it is a single incident involving adults and no breach of trust.

  • Samples from suspected impaired boater scrutinized

    Samples from suspected impaired boater scrutinized

    Aug 6, 2018

    The legality of taking extra blood samples from a suspected impaired boater by an emergency room technician for “police use” is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada as a result of a strongly worded dissent at the Ontario Court of Appeal.

  • Rules change could hamper access to justice: advocates

    Rules change could hamper access to justice: advocates

    Aug 6, 2018

    The Ontario Bar Association is raising concerns about how amendments to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s model rules to prevent money laundering could negatively impact access to justice.

  • Personal injury lawyers turn to litigation financing

    Personal injury lawyers turn to litigation financing

    Jul 23, 2018

    Lawyers who represent plaintiffs in smaller personal injury firms say they are turning to specialized litigation financing to fund disbursements and expert witnesses, as well as other expenses.

  • Mass murder and capital punishment

    Jul 16, 2018

    Recent mass shootings in the United States have tended to confirm Canadians’ sense that such events can’t happen here. Similar events in Canada are not numerous, but those that have occurred are not well known.

  • The lasting impact of the Forcillo conviction

    Jul 10, 2018

    Earlier this year, the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of former Toronto Police Service officer James Forcillo over his conviction of attempted murder and the resulting sentence of six years.

  • Legal battle over dial-a-dope operations may go to SCC

    Legal battle over dial-a-dope operations may go to SCC

    Jul 9, 2018

    A legal battle over whether certain kinds of undercover investigations are entrapment when there is not reasonable suspicion that a specific target is engaged in criminal activity may ultimately be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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