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Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 12:07 PM

Pandemic presents new challenges for lawyers, clients with sight loss, says panel

For lawyer Jason Mitschele, the courtroom is a place of justice and, at times, a place of peril. In some respects, the pandemic has only elevated the risk for the Toronto-based Crown attorney, who is blind. Even before COVID-19, many courthouses — with their stairs, narrow doorways and limited space — were already difficult to access for lawyers and clients experiencing sight loss and other disabilities, said Mitschele, who has worked for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) for the past 17 years. ... [read more]

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 11:17 AM

Surprising impacts of an acquittal Fingers pointing at woman

Your client was charged with a criminal offence and found not guilty. Unfortunately, it does not stop there. They still hold the burden of many impacts that result from simply being charged, many of which can be overwhelming and costly. Every criminal charge will have its own unique consequences. ... [read more]

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 9:52 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal ruling highlights continuing challenges with Jordan Tony Paciocco, Edelson Law, Ottawa

The Ontario Court of Appeal has failed again in a recent decision to provide clear direction on what constitutes a legitimate Jordan trial delay in criminal cases involving certiorari applications by the defence or Crown, says an Ottawa lawyer. ... [read more]

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 9:51 AM

Correctional service mandates training on intimate partner violence in response to report Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair

Canada’s correctional service has pledged to take action after an internal review revealed a number of deficiencies in the supervision of an offender who killed a Quebec woman while on day parole in 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 9:20 AM

APPEALS - Grounds - Insufficient reasons - Unreasonable verdict

Appeal by King from his conviction for aggravated assault. Prison surveillance video showed the appellant enter the victim’s cell with another inmate. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 2:43 PM

Who was that unmasked man? | Marcel Strigberger

“No mask for me; I’m special,” he says.  ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 1:22 PM

Why diversity is important to legal profession | Sacha de Klerk

If we were all the same, things would be much simpler. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 6:46 AM

PROCEDURE - Pleas - Setting aside guilty plea

Appeal by 54-year-old Lin from his convictions for possession of ketamine for the purpose of trafficking, producing ketamine and failing to comply with a recognizance and the 14-year sentence imposed. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 10:53 AM

China: Congenial police state | Ken Hill

My astute editor, who noticed that my adjacent photo was taken in China, suggested I might have some stories about the law in the Middle Kingdom. I did not practise law there but I did live in Shanghai for six months, accompanying my wife who had a contract in what is by some measures the largest city in the world. This was right at the start of my retirement and I heartily recommend to anyone contemplating retirement to consider starting it off with an extended stay in someplace far far away. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 1:12 PM

Perspective, experience necessary conditions for Crown employment | Kyla Lee

As a criminal lawyer, one of things that I do in my efforts to defend my clients is to find out about them. I use the information about their circumstances to try to provide context to the alleged offence, help the Crown to understand the way in which a criminal conviction may adversely impact my client, and to persuade the Crown that seeking a conviction is not in the public interest. ... [read more]