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Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Lawyers warn bill on fast track could have unanticipated fallout

A federal government bill that further restricts the narrow defence of provocation to prevent its use in so-called “honour killing” cases is unnecessary and counterproductive, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Despite one man’s SCC success little ground gained, says lawyer

Innocent people imprisoned because of the Crown’s failure to disclose exculpatory evidence are likely to be left without state compensation in many cases because the Supreme Court has made it too difficult to obtain Charter damages, a lawyer warns. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Bar renews call for safety valve after mandatory minimum ruling

The Supreme Court has reined in Parliament’s ability to impose excessive sentences in a judgment that lawyers say casts constitutional doubt on the government’s proposed ‘life-without-parole’ bill. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Experts decry tougher parole law from Tories

South of the Canadian border, where 32 U.S. states still have the death penalty, critics call it the “living death” penalty. Life without parole, or “LWOP” as it is known, is the latest, harshest American-style mandatory minimum penalty the federal government plans to import to Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Police worn camera policies coming into focus in Canada

Lawyers and courts will have to grapple with thorny legal and privacy issues as more front-line police officers across Canada don body cameras, privacy officials say. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Hunter sees victory for clients as SCC enshrines independence

The Supreme Court has quashed the latest bid to enlist lawyers in Ottawa’s anti-money-laundering regime, ending a 14-year legal battle waged by law societies in the name of defending solicitor-client privilege and the independence of the bar. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Solitary on the spot

Based on mounting evidence of the harmful and counterproductive effects of solitary confinement, a 2011 U.N. report called on states to limit solitary placements to 15 days and to not use solitary at all for young people or prisoners with mental illness. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Lawyer’s misconduct finding upheld

Ontario lawyers who creatively skirt the Criminal Code prohibition against no-contest pleas risk professional discipline, according to the Law Society Tribunal, Appeal Division. ... [read more]