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The police, the right to counsel and the Internet

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 8:57 AM | By Jeffrey Manishen

Several recent Ontario decisions may change the way in which police inform accused persons of how they may exercise the right to counsel in accordance with s.10(b) of the Charter and, further, how they may have to help implement that right when the accused has indicated the desire to speak with counsel.

Prior to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. Brydges [1990] S.C.J. No. 8, the standard practice was for police to call the lawyer at the accused’s request or offer the yellow...