Category: Defence Lawyers

A Lawyer, Her Robes and an Outraged Criminal Defence Bar

For criminal defence lawyers in and around the Greater Toronto Area the Internet broke yesterday. As word spread that their colleague Laura Liscio had been arrested in court and led out of the Brampton courthouse handcuffed and in her barrister’s

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Eliminating the Presumption of Innocence one Reform at a Time

I just read this article which suggests ways courts could “better handle sexual assault cases,” and with apologies to Elliotte Friedman, here are my 17 thoughts. Criminal law deals with society’s denunciation of individual conduct. Crimes are against the State not just

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Bail and Radicals

Being a criminal defence lawyer is not for the faint of heart. If you can’t handle hearing about misery and the gritty details of broken lives, this job is not for you. Unlike television, client matters don’t neatly wrap up

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Trials: Don’t Forget Fairness

This past weekend Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin commented on the need to get “trials heard more quickly” while observing that this was a “constant struggle” because criminal justice is a “complex and difficult business”. Undoubtedly the criminal justice

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