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Outlining a Sexual Assault Diversion Program

  • June 04, 2018
  • Nadia Klein and Robin Parker

The #MeToo movement has condemned the criminal justice system’s handling of sexual assault allegations. How can we address these concerns without sacrificing the rights of the accused? A diversion program for less serious sex assault cases may be part of the answer.

Criminal Justice, Student Forum

The Ideal Lawyer – 21st Century Redux

  • May 28, 2018
  • Craig A. Brannagan

One hundred years ago, Justice Brewer of the U.S. Supreme Court asked if the ideal lawyer existed, and if so, what qualities constituted this ideal. In 2018, Craig A. Brannagan asks whether Justice Brewer's conclusions apply to lawyers practising in Canada a century later.

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Justice, Taxation Law and 1 more..., Student Forum

The dangerous fentanyl drug problem: a mens rea issue

  • May 24, 2018
  • Alan D. Gold, Laura J. Metcalfe, and Alex I. Palamarek

Is fentanyl skewing the sentencing process? Alan Gold and his associates reflect on the punitive implications of the fentanyl scourge.

Criminal Justice, Student Forum

Ontario Court of Appeal Summaries (May 13- May 18)

  • May 22, 2018
  • John Polyzogopoulos

I would like to congratulate our very own Roger Horst and Rafal Szymanski on successfully representing the respondent in Correct Building Corporation v. Lehman. The Court dismissed the appeal against our client and granted our client’s cross-appeal, resulting in a dismissal of all claims against our client by way of summary judgment.

Civil Litigation, Criminal Justice, Insurance Law and 1 more..., Student Forum

COURT OF APPEAL SUMMARIES (April 30 - May 4, 2018)

  • May 10, 2018
  • John Polyzogopoulos

Following are summaries of this week’s civil decisions of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, including Ontario Inc. v. Maple Leafs Foods Inc., in which the Court decided Maple Leafs Foods did not have a duty not to harm the reputation or profits of Mr. Sub franchisees who sold Maple Leaf meats; and, on the Criminal Law front, the Court's decision in R. v. Forcillo, in which the appeal from the conviction of the constable for attempted murder was dismissed.

Civil Litigation, Criminal Justice, Student Forum

October 2017 Ontario Court of Appeal Review

  • October 10, 2017
  • Crystal Tomusiak

Crystal Tomusiak brings you the Ontario Court of Appeal criminal law decisions you need to know. This month: How s. 276 applies to an entire relationship, reversing a s.11(b) stay of first-degree murder charges, and what happens to a murder charge when sexual assault occurs after the victim is already dead.

Criminal Justice

October 2017 SCC 6-word review

  • October 10, 2017
  • Daniel Goldbloom

[Almost] everything you need to know about the latest Supreme Court of Canada criminal law and related decisions, in six words or less.

Criminal Justice

Summer 2017 SCC 6-word review

  • September 13, 2017
  • Daniel Goldbloom

[Almost] everything you need to know about the latest Supreme Court of Canada criminal law decisions, in six words or less. Summer Catch-up Edition!

Criminal Justice