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 years the long-term effects of brain injuries common to physical sports such as hockey. And former NHLers have taken notice. In the past […]
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 to justice for the vast majority of Canadians is either […]
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 affect your life. To add to the challenge, most people […]
Stunt Driving and Racing in Ontario: charges, defences, and penalties explained by a defence lawyer.
Over the years, our law firm has successfully defended many individuals charged with “stunt driving”. In our experience, this has become a very common offence due to the increase in traffic, the intolerance of speed on highways, and the strong policies towards policing and prosecuting such offences in Ontario. In addition to the frequency of charges, there […]
Taking over the world in crisp robes: 10 tips for new lawyers starting their practice.
Being a new lawyer is challenging. Whether you are working as an associate or starting your own practice, there are things that, looking back, would have been nice to know when I first started down the path of lawyering . In the course of my years as an associate, partner, operating my own firm, and now administering a law […]
DISINCENTIVES TOWARDS INNOCENCE: A LOOK AT WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS IN THE ONTARIO CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (Sean Robichaud, 2004)*
* This is an older paper written many years ago. However, it is still relevant today and seemed appropriate to post for people to understand some of the issues the justice system faces in wrongful convictions. SR, 2014.
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice – H. L. Mencken
In recent years, […]