Canadian sexual trials explained: balancing the rights of an accused and empowering victims.

Sexual assault trials in Canada: assumptions and misinformation clarified.
Recent events surrounding Jian Ghomeshi has instigated a national outcry relating to the protection of sexual assault victims and the difficulties they face when struggling with the decision to come forward. This article seeks to clarify some widely held, incorrect beliefs about sexual assault trials. In better understanding the rules and realities of sexual assault […]

Access to justice: a public acceptance of the need for lawyers, not the acceptance of self-representation.

Access to justice: an acceptance of the need for lawyers, not the acceptance of self-representation.
Recently, there is considerable concern and debate over access to justice and the perils that an unrepresented litigant or accused must overcome at court.  Columnist Carol Goar authored “Stinging message to Canada’s judges” set out many of these frustrations (and in turn instigated me to write […]

Fewer shades than one might think: the law of sexual consent in Canada

Fewer shades than one might think: the law of consent in sexual activity and “BDSM” in Canada.
Societies acceptance of alternative sexual practices is constantly evolving. Sexual preferences that may have once been deemed abhorrent to society are now celebrated – to an extent. Despite living in a sexually liberal era that celebrates “50 shades of grey,” Canada, and its […]

“Five for Fighting”: The NHL’s Legal Liability for Effects of Fighting on Enforcers

 “Five for fighting” – The National Hockey League’s Liability for Fighting and Enforcers
As the season changes to winter, many Canadians turn their attention to the national pastime: hockey.  While fans and pundits discuss early-season momentum and argue the merits of advanced statistics, a more serious subplot underlies the fun and games.  Advances in medical science have revealed in recent […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Canadian Criminal Lawyer|

The 21 laws of criminal defence: a lawyer’s reflection on a decade of practice.

21 laws of criminal defence: a lawyer’s reflection after ten years of swimming with the sharks.

It’s nearly a decade since I became a criminal defence lawyer. A lot has changed since 2004. There is a drastic shift in ideology towards the prioritization of punishment and vengeance, over rehabilitation and meaningful public protection.  Law and order initiatives have become politicized, inflammatory, and divisive.  Access […]

How to choose a good lawyer: 9 ways to select the right legal counsel

How to choose a good lawyer: 9 ways to select the right legal counsel.
Choosing a good lawyer is a challenge.  In Ontario alone, there are over 20,000 in private practice to choose from.  It is almost as diverse as choosing what kind of food you want to eat.  Unlike food choices, the decision in selecting a lawyer will likely substantially […]

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