In the course of practicing for over 40 years, Donald Bayne has entrenched himself as one of the best criminal defence lawyers Canada has ever known. Despite this, his humility, compassion for human suffering, and pursuit of justice is as vibrant as it was when he first became a lawyer.

Don’s remarkable journey in his pursuit of justice takes us from a farm on the prairies, to varsity football fields, to travelling with the KGB in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.

His past cases are some of Canada’s most well known and include acting as defence counsel for Senator Mike Duffy, acting for the coroner in the Ashley Smith Inquiry, and more recently his endless efforts opposing, and now correcting what seems a clear error and injustice, of his client Hassan Diab’s extradition from Canada.

The release of this particular episode comes at a time when Canadian extradition laws are the topic of worldwide media after the recent arrest of Meng Wanzhou of Huawei as she awaits for a bail hearing and likely deportation to the United States on allegations of US Iran sanction violations. 

Ep.#32: Donald Bayne: the threat against the rule of law.

SPONSORED MESSAGE: This episode of our podcast is brought to you by our exclusive sponsor LexisNexis Canada.

As a leading legal publisher, LexisNexis Canada’s resources are exhaustive as Donald’s years of practice and cover all the topics and areas of practice that Don has mastered over the years.  

For those interested in criminal law, be sure to visit and check out the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada series – Criminal Offences and Defences, and Halsbury’s Laws of Canada – Criminal Procedure authored and edited by Don’s close friend and legal icon Alan Gold. You will also find on their website the latest edition of Alan Gold’s Practitioner’s Ontario Criminal Practice, 2019 Edition. 

If this episode triggers you to dig deeper in the law of extradition, you will find “Canadian Extradition Law Practice, 5th Edition” by Gary Bottling and invaluable resource in understanding this complex, and little known area of law. 

Dr. Gary Botting provides cumulative knowledge, valuable insights and strategic advice that make this the most comprehensive resource available on current extradition law. A quick cross-reference tool for lawyers and judges alike, it will also appeal to government officials charged with the responsibility of advancing extradition applications both in Canada and in requesting countries.

Donald Bayne: the threat against the rule of law.
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