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Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

Exceptional circumstances must be kept rare in reducing sentences, lawyers say David_Milward_sm

The use of exceptional circumstances should rarely be “the first club out of the bag” to reduce sentences, say lawyers following a successful appeal by the Crown to lengthen a man’s jail time for stealing a gun in a break and enter. ... [read more]

Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 10:39 AM

Retrial ordered over judge’s refusal to allow counsel to be removed from record

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a retrial for a man convicted of killing his wife, as it determined a trial judge’s ruling created an appearance of unfairness when he dismissed defence counsel’s application to be taken off the record. ... [read more]

Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 9:19 AM - Last Updated: Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Indigenous rights, lawyers’ liability, breathalyzers among key appeals on SCC winter docket Karey Brooks

The Supreme Court starts off 2018 with a new judge from Alberta, a new chief justice from Quebec and a docket packed with novel cases hailing mostly from those two provinces. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 1:46 PM

Carleton professor named as correctional investigator of Canada

An expert in domestic and international humans rights law in prison settings has been appointed as correctional investigator of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Federal Court of Appeal decision may lead to changes at border: lawyer Leo Salloum, Grill Barristers

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of a man who argued several thousand dollars were improperly seized from him by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), a decision the man’s lawyer says could lead to changes in how people who express a desire not to enter Canada are treated by federal officials. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS - Legal rights - Life, liberty and security of person - Procedural rights - Protection against self-incrimination, right to silence

Application by the Crown for an assistance order. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

APPEALS - Publication bans and confidentiality orders

Motion by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for access to sealed DVD audio recording exhibits. ... [read more]

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 8:17 AM

EVIDENCE - Methods of proof - Inferences - From conduct

Appeal by the accused, Lumberjack, from a conviction for second degree murder. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 12:37 PM

Saskatchewan to offer free legal advice to survivors of sexual violence Betty_Ann_Pottruff_sm

Officials in Saskatchewan are hoping to combat that province’s high rate of sexual violence by having lawyers give free legal advice to survivors. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

Measuring legal levels of cannabis the next big challenge cannabis_test_sm

When a person smokes marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannibol (THC) is widely distributed to tissues, resulting in pharmacological effects. The fact is, THC comes out of fat tissues relatively slowly, so a person who smokes many cannabis cigarettes per day for a long time and then stops using might show trace amounts in blood tests for days or possibly weeks. ... [read more]