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Aboriginal Accused and the Criminal Justice...

If a guilty plea is entered or if a person is convicted after trial, the focus of the Court shifts to sentencing. If you are entering a guilty plea it is vital that you contact counsel so that all the factors which affect the nature of the sentence may be canvassed. Unique background factors can influence the type and/or length of sentence a conviction attracts. In R v Gladue (1999) the Supreme Court of Canada dramatically changed the way aboriginals are sentenced and detained. In that case the Court interpreted section 781.2(e) of the Canadian Criminal Code which provides, All available sanctions other than imprisonment that are reasonable in the circumstances should be considered for all offenders, with particular attention to the circumstances of aboriginal offenders. The interpretation was an attempt to remedy the courts’ over-reliance on incarceration as a response to criminal activity by First Nations individuals. After canvassing…

4 Jul 2010

Freedom of Expression Limited By G20

29 Jun 2010

The G20 summit has brought our world’s most powerful leaders to Toronto. Discussion topics for the summit relate to international finance and development. Toronto will be hosting leaders from the…

Dangerous Driving & Expressing Yourself...

28 Jun 2010

The second part of our continuing look at the interaction between World Cup celebrations and the criminal justice system relates to driving motor vehicles. To recap, during the World Cup…

Ontario Government Approves Sweeping Police...

26 Jun 2010

On June 2, 2010 through an order-in-council, the Ontario government secretly approved new sweeping powers for the police. Many Toronto criminal lawyers believe that these ‘police state regulations’ have gone…

Causing a Disturbance During the World Cup

23 Jun 2010

World Cup Soccer has hit television screens across the country.  The highly anticipated event causes adrenaline rushes in fans across the globe. Soccer fans should remember that the way they…

Diversion in Criminal Cases

30 May 2010

A criminal record can have a serious impact on your future. The effects of a criminal record can include restrictions on your travel ability and future employment. If you are…

Police Powers and Investigative Detention

28 May 2010

The police may approach you for questioning in a variety of situations. You may be walking down the street, hanging out at school or even driving in your car. It…