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R. v. Maybin: The Butterfly Effect

  • December 01, 2012
  • Emily Beaton

Emily Beaton reviews the law of causation for manslaughter and notes a recent case from the Supreme Court that has fine-tuned the test in two important ways. If you have fact situations that involve violence and intervening acts that result in death - you will want to read this.

November Appeal Court Review

  • November 05, 2012
  • Paul Calarco

Senior defence counsel Paul Calarco continues his review of the appeal courts’ most recent decisions.

The 6 Word Supreme Court of Canada Review

  • November 05, 2012
  • Vincenzo Rondinelli

Struggling to find time to read recent Supreme Court of Canada judgments? Vincenzo Rondinelli has condensed the latest SCC judgments to bite-sized consumption - 6 words to be exact - to keep you up to date. There are only two this month - but those two pack quite a punch!

What You Need to Know About Changes to the YCJA as of October 23, 2012

  • November 05, 2012
  • Brock Jones

On October 23, 2012, amendments to the Youth Criminal Justice Act contained in Part IV of Bill C-10 (The Safe Streets and Communities Act) come into force and effect. Brock Jones summarizes the most significant changes to the legislation and offers some analysis as to their likely effects.

Who Ya Gonna Call? The Law Society!

  • November 05, 2012
  • Anthony Marchetti

Mr. Marchetti tells us what to do if we feel we may be in a bit of a bind between our duty to our clients and our duty to the court. This article is crucial reading for junior and senior defence lawyers alike.

The Role of Criminal Defence Counsel in Sexual Assault Trials

The Role of Criminal Defence Counsel in Sexual Assault Trials

  • Jody Berkes is the chair of the Criminal Law Executive of the Ontario Bar Association and is a Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. When not defending the innocent, he enjoys cooking and family time.

Is there a place for tough questioning in a sexual assault trial? Defence counsel and OBA Criminal Executive Chair Jody Berkes weighs in.

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