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OBA Program Summary: “Critical Issues in Race and Policing”, Part 2

  • October 02, 2020
  • Saba Ahmad

On the evening of September 30, 2020, over 120 lawyers and other professionals attended virtually to hear from Roger Love and Faisal Mirza on “Civil, Charter, and Human Rights Challenges,” part 2 of the Race and Policing Series, co-hosted by the Criminal Justice and Constitutional Civil Liberties and Human Rights (“CCLHR”) sections of the Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”). This article provides a brief summary of the program.

Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law, Criminal Justice, Student Forum
Brock Jones

Q&A with Brock Jones, OBA Award of Excellence in Criminal Justice Recipient

  • May 14, 2020

Brock Jones, Counsel, Chief Justice of Ontario (OCJ), is being honoured this year with the OBA Award of Excellence in Criminal Justice for his outstanding leadership and contribution to the advancement of criminal law. Gain a glimpse of what motivates him and how he is making a difference in his area of practice in this candid Q&A.

Criminal Justice, Student Forum

Why Ontario’s Victim Compensation Bill Will Hurt Those It’s Designed to Help

  • December 18, 2019
  • Shiva Bakhtiary, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Victims of crime in Ontario will now get significantly less compensation and will no longer have their cases heard before an impartial adjudicator after Bill 100 amends the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act and dissolves the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

Administrative Law, Criminal Justice, Student Forum

Conditional Discharges and the Sex Offender Registry

  • November 11, 2019
  • Amanda Ross

Amanda Ross provides a case summary for R. v. Henry, 2019 ONSC 4978. In the case (a summary conviction appeal), the Honourable Mr. Justice Schreck considered the Ontario Court of Appeal's recent decision in G. v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2019 ONCA 264, and ruled that a conditional discharge is not a “sentence” for the purposes of SOIRA and does not trigger the imposition of an order to register and comply with its terms.

Criminal Justice, Student Forum

Practice Tips: The Courtesy Call

  • October 17, 2019
  • Harpreet Saini

Criminal defence and immigration lawyer Harpreet Saini provides practice tips for ethical lawyering: how to professionally and courteously handle a call when a potential client already has counsel.

Criminal Justice, Student Forum

Is S. 320.31(9) a Soules Survivor?

  • September 16, 2019
  • Alan D. Gold

Alan Gold discusses the impact of changes to drinking, drugs and driving offence legislation - specifically, how new statement admissibility legislation stacks up next to existing jurisprudence.

Criminal Justice, Student Forum