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Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 12:14 PM

Why Ghomeshi amendment likely headed for Supreme Court | Sam Goldstein

There are many ways to skin a cat. That’s the lesson R. v. W.M. 2019 ONSC 6535 teaches us. At issue was the Liberal criminal law reform that requires the defence in sexual assault trials to hand over to the Crown any complainant communications in its possession and give the complainant an automatic right to take part in an admissibility hearing into those communications.   ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 10:37 AM

Ruby Shiller adds counsel

Ruby Shiller Enenajor DiGiuseppe, Barristers announced that Lisa Jørgensen has joined the firm as counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 9:02 AM

EVIDENCE - Admissibility - Prejudicial - Shifting burden

Appeal by the accused from conviction for sexual assault. ... [read more]

Friday, January 03, 2020 @ 2:58 PM

Mr. Big secures conviction in New Zealand maninspotlight2.jpg

John Henry Wigmore once declared that a confession “carries a persuasion that nothing else does.” His admonition was illustrated recently in a Mr. Big case in New Zealand. ... [read more]

Friday, January 03, 2020 @ 6:20 AM

DEFENCES - Defence of property

Appeal by the accused from conviction for pointing a firearm at the complainant. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

Panel on feminist advocacy stresses need for diverse voices, education on sexual assault (L-R) Ashley_Major_Gillian_Hnatiw_Deepa_Mattoo_Megan_Stephens_sm

A panel of lawyers who have incorporated feminist advocacy into their practices has highlighted the need for diverse voices to be heard in the legal system, education on sexual assault and pushing back on social norms as key aspects of advancing feminism in law. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Traffic tech reporting long way from radio station eyes-in-the-sky car at light

Technology continues to have an impact on the prosecution of criminal and regulatory offences as well as their detection. Some radio stations used to make reports on where photo radar or traffic enforcement locations were being held; drivers commonly flash their lights to warn people of upcoming police speed enforcement. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

New Year’s resolutions for criminal justice in Canada | Kyla Lee

With mandate letters going out to ministers in mid-December, it got me thinking about what 2020 would bring for our criminal justice system. If a mandate is like a direction to ministers, could it be considered like a New Year’s resolution? ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 8:28 AM

SENTENCING - Possession of prohibited or restricted weapon or ammunition

Appeal by 39-year-old Holdsworth from his conviction and sentence in relation to 13 firearms offences, including storing firearms in an unsafe manner and possession of firearms without a licence. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 5:53 AM

Université de Montréal AI initiative seeks to improve access to justice Karim Benyekhlef

Nearly a decade after co-founding Cyberjustice Laboratory, a hub that analyzes the impact of technologies on justice while developing concrete technological tools that are adapted to the reality of justice systems, Karim Benyekhlef and Fabien Gélinas have set their sights on artificial intelligence (AI). ... [read more]