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Groia: Civility important but doesn’t trump full criminal defence | Richard Pound

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 8:52 AM | By Richard Pound

In the recent decision: Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 27, it was very clear that securities litigator Joe Groia got poor marks and almost universal criticism on the “style” points in the successful defence of charges laid against his client by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).

There could have been little doubt that his style was aggressive and probably unwarranted. It was variously described as a “pattern of escalating acrimony” between him and the OSC prosecutors, with a “toxicity that manifested itself...