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Feds propose repeal of mandatory minimum penalties, reforms to boost conditional sentences, diversion
Federal Justice Minister David Lametti defended the Liberal government’s decision to abolish just 14 of the Criminal Code’s 67 mandatory minimum penalties, calling Bill C-5 a “bold” and “important” step.
Federal Justice Minister David Lametti defended the Liberal government’s decision to abolish just 14 of the Criminal Code’s 67 mandatory minimum penalties, calling Bill C-5 a “bold” and “important” step.

Tuesday, December 07, 2021 @ 3:46 PM

The federal government has reintroduced legislation that would repeal a number of firearm-, tobacco- and drug-related mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs), allow more use of conditional sentences and create diversion measures for simple possession of drugs. ... [read more]

Trial judge’s ‘remedy was disproportionate to the problem’ when Crown missed flight, court rules

Wednesday, December 08, 2021 @ 9:40 AM

The Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories has set aside orders dismissing multiple charges after a lower court judge invited defence counsel to apply for dismissal “for want of prosecution” after the Crown missed their flight and couldn’t appear in court. ... [read more]

Legal marketing: Law societies stress honesty, accuracy Subscriber only content Legal Marketiing graphic

Tuesday, December 07, 2021 @ 11:13 AM

While there are many uniformities and common themes between Canada’s law societies and their rules for marketing and advertising, some differ in what they stress to members.   ... [read more]

Indigenous justice system takes holistic approach, panel speakers explain

Tuesday, December 07, 2021 @ 9:29 AM

Restorative justice, the importance of elders and the effects of colonization were unifying themes for speakers at the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) 45th Annual Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Law, held virtually and in person in Vancouver. ... [read more]

No evidence linking mental health, drug issues with dishonest conduct: Appeal Court Subscriber only content Lisa Silver, University of Calgary faculty of law

Monday, December 06, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

The B.C. Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision which gave a conditional sentence order (CSO) to a woman accused of defrauding her employer, saying the sentencing judge gave too much credence to the argument her opioid use and supposed mental health issues contributed to her conduct. ... [read more]