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Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 12:32 PM

B.C. Civil Liberties Association project to look at impact of policing in Indigenous communities Dylan Mazur, B.C. Civil Liberties Association

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) is undertaking a multiyear initiative that will look at policing of Indigenous communities in the province, starting with a study of what impact release conditions are having on people facing trial. ... [read more]

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Why you need to get legal translations right translation_legal_sm

Whether it is a criminal case that will change the course of someone’s life or a transaction worth thousands of dollars, when legal translation services are needed, they need to be the best. ... [read more]

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 6:13 AM

PRISON ADMINISTRATION - Segregation of prisoners

Appeal by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association from a decision finding that the provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act authorizing administrative segregation violated s. 7 of the Charter but not ss. 12 and 11(h) of the Charter. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 11:52 AM

Manitoba court ruling ‘reinforces police powers’ to search and arrest, says Crown

An Appeal Court’s decision to retry two men charged with drug and firearms offences during an investigation into a road rage incident where handguns were allegedly drawn reinforces the power of police to use context and cumulative circumstances in justifying a search and arrest, says a Crown involved in the case. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Law Society of Ontario should step up for pro bono | Guy Pratte

The recent provincial budget proposal of a 30 per cent funding cut to Legal Aid Ontario with no funding for Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), highlights the challenges the legal profession needs to grapple with: the access to justice crisis, the obligations of government, a healthy legal aid and the need to innovate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 2:45 PM

How child luring case sets stage for challenges to drug recognition laws Tipsy car

When the Criminal Code was amended in December 2018 to completely overhaul impaired driving offences, it seemed inevitable that there would be legal challenges and constitutional challenges to the new provisions. However, it was unlikely that anyone predicted a case involving luring offences would likely impact the progress of these constitutional challenges. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 12:47 PM

Lessons learned from homicide headlines following family breakup manoverpoweringwoman

In 2016, Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji was murdered by her husband two days after she asked for a divorce. Her three children were in the other room. She was later found in a suitcase by the Humber River. Her husband Dr. Mohammed Shamji, a surgeon, pleaded guilty to second degree murder on April 8, 2019. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Criminal Code changes needed to curb HIV non-disclosure prosecutions, experts say Richard_Elliott_sm

The chair of the federal government’s justice committee is hoping input from various stakeholders will lead to Criminal Code changes limiting prosecutions of HIV non-disclosure across Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

SCC was more divided than united on cases in 2018; dissents rose, but case intake and output fell SCC Judges

For the first time in decades, in 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada was more divided than united on the outcome of appeals — setting a record low 48 per cent unanimity rate — after two years of growing division among the judges, new court statistics disclose. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Kim Kardashian makes mockery of practice of law | Jasmine Daya

Kim Kardashian, the daughter of the late Robert Kardashian, an attorney who rose to prominence for his defence of O.J. Simpson during a 1995 murder trial that resulted in an acquittal, announced that she, too, will be a lawyer. (Simpson, a legendary American football hero, was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The murder trial was televised live and the case went on for months.) ... [read more]