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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 09:47 AM

Move to have Special Investigations Unit police incidents with off-duty cops raises questions Joseph_Markson_sm

Durham Regional Police’s decision to now call the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) for off-duty officers involved in civilian-related incidents could succeed in further breaking down the "blue wall of silence," or could end up having “chilling effects” on future policing and recruiting, say lawyers.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 08:44 AM

Yes there is a fentanyl crisis, but let’s get the sentencing right Fentanyl

The word ‘fentanyl’ is cloaked in alarm. From a potency perspective, fentanyl is in a league of its own.  However, from a criminal justice view, fentanyl is the new heroin.  Fentanyl has hit plea courts. Sentences feel like they range from high to higher, rendering early resolution an impossible feat. All is not lost, there are a few things counsel can turn to.   ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 04:23 PM

Stang appointed to Saskatchewan bench

Lloyd Stang has been named as a judge in the Saskatchewan Provincial Court in Melfort. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 03:51 PM

Lights, cameras ... halt the action: stopping Toronto film shoots difficult John_Mascarin_sm

The frequency with which film crews shoot in Toronto may be a nuisance to some, but one can either go through the arduous —  and likely fruitless — process of fighting it or accept it as a perpetual and booming industry for Hogtown, says a prominent municipal lawyer. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 08:42 AM

Legal tech company creates free mandatory minimum sentence monitoring website

Mandatory Minimum Penalties (MMPs) have been at the forefront of debate over the past year with the Department of Justice publishing a report on the subject by Kyle Coady and Kari Glynes Elliott in 2016 and Statistics Canada releasing an analysis of MMP outcomes for selected offences last month. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 08:26 AM

EVIDENCE - Admissibility - Fresh evidence - Opinion evidence - Expert evidence - Basis for opinion

Appeal by the accused from conviction for first degree murder. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS - Legal rights - Protection against cruel and unusual treatment or punishment

Appeal by the Attorneys General of Ontario and Canada from a Superior Court of Justice decision finding that frequent lockdowns at Maplehurst Correctional Complex (Maplehurst) violated Ogiamien’s and Nguyen’s Charter rights. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 04:16 PM

Yukon NDP calls for public inquiry after stay filed in Nehass case Liz Hanson

A mentally ill Indigenous man who spent the better part of his incarceration in solitary confinement will be relocated from a mental health centre in Ont. to a hospital in B.C. after the Crown prosecutor in his case has stayed all charges against him. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 02:52 PM

Cannabis ticketing regime could hurt those who plead guilty Anne London-Weinstein

Canadians should be aware of the potential negative repercussions if they choose to plead guilty to marijuana offences via the new cannabis ticketing regime proposed by the federal government, lawyers told MPs on Tuesday. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 08:52 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Offences against the administration of law and justice - Misleading justice - Perjury

Appeal by the accused from conviction of perjury. ... [read more]