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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

Pleading to Provincial Offences Under s. 606(4)

  • January 13, 2019
  • Benjamin Janzen, Assistant Crown Attorney

Assistant Crown Attorney Benjamin Janzen provides helpful tips for counsel assisting individuals with guilty pleas to provincial offences.

Criminal Justice, Student Forum

The Dark Web

  • January 13, 2019
  • Erin Pancer, senior prosecutor with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Guns and Gangs Unit

Crown Attorney Erin Pancer provides an overview of the Dark Web and the role of cryptocurrency in facilitating the purchase of drugs and firearms.

Criminal Justice, Student Forum

Context is Everything: Voluntariness in 2018

  • January 13, 2019
  • Lisa Jørgensen, Cooper Jørgensen

Lisa Jørgensen provides a helpful refresher on the law of voluntariness, with a focus on recent Court of Appeal and Superior Court jurisprudence.

Criminal Justice, Student Forum