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Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 8:40 AM

Appeal Court calls Canada’s movement on administrative segregation ‘disappointing’ Noa Mendelsohn Aviv sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal lambasted Canada on its “failure” to address the court’s concerns over its use of administrative segregation in prisons in a recent decision but extended the suspension of invalidity on sections of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) to give Parliament more time to consider Bill C-83. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 6:36 AM

SENTENCING - Robbery and extortion - Sentencing precedents or starting point - Deportation

Appeal by the accused, Belakziz, from a sentence imposed for conspiracy to commit robbery. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

SCC’s growing number of oral judgments draw bar’s fire but court says appeals get ‘all the attention and resources they require’ Renée Thériault

The Supreme Court’s growing practice of deciding as-of-right criminal appeals from the bench without written reasons has again drawn fire from the bar, with one prominent counsel publicly demanding more “transparency” from the court this week, while another suggested the court is leaving the impression that as-of-right appeals are “second-class citizens” on its docket. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

New legal options for survivors of sexual violence in Alberta

A new program of free legal advice has been launched to provide survivors of sexual violence in Alberta on their path to healing and ensure access to the justice system and support greater access to the justice system. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 6:22 AM

SENTENCING - Child pornography - Particular sanctions - Maximum or minimum sentence available

Appeal by the Crown from a decision dismissing its appeal from a four-month conditional sentence and two years’ probation imposed on the respondent for possession of child pornography. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

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Marijuana has been “legalized” in Canada. That means people will no longer be criminally prosecuted for possession, production or distribution of marijuana … right? Wrong. ... [read more]

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 1:33 PM

Texting drivers to be hit with fines, three-day suspensions, $198 reinstatement fees Cartocop_sm.jpg

New changes to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act (HTA) come into force on Jan. 1, 2019. The most significant for many people are the changes relating to driving with screens or hand-held communications devices; i.e., texting while driving. ... [read more]

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Tailor release conditions to individual circumstances, legal advocacy group urges Darcie Bennett, Pivot Legal Society

Court-imposed conditions on release are doing more harm than good and are at cross-purposes with strategies of harm reduction, says a report from a Vancouver-based social justice advocacy group. ... [read more]

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 6:24 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Legal rights - Trial within a reasonable time

Appeal by the accused, Noftall, from the refusal of a judicial stay based on a violation of his s. 11(b) Charter rights. ... [read more]