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The Canadian Jury System

The jury system is one of the most fundamental institutions in Canada’s criminal justice system. Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms every person has the right to be tried by a jury of their peers. The jury is seen as an impartial way of determining whether or not the accused person is guilty. In the context of the trial of a criminal allegation, the jury is composed of 12 individuals called “jurors”. Jurors are selected at random from the population. In order to be eligible for jury selection an individual need only be a Canadian citizen over the age of 19. However, you will be disqualified from serving as a juror if you are a police officer, lawyer, trustee in bankruptcy, employee of the Ministry of the Attorney General or if you have been convicted of certain criminal offences within the last five years. You may also be…

1 Mar 2018

Do I Have To Pay The Criminal Injury...

27 Feb 2018

The Criminal Injury Compensation Board’s goal is to provide support to complainants in criminal matters. If an individual is a complainant in a matter, or otherwise affected by a criminal…

What is SOIRA?

22 Feb 2018

  SOIRA stands for Sexual Offender Information Registration Act. According to SOIRA, the purpose is to help police services prevent and investigate crimes of a sexual nature by requiring the…

Sexual Assault, Alcohol and Consent

20 Feb 2018

Sexual assault is a serious crime in Canada and being accused of sexual assault can damage your reputation. The Criminal Code of Canada defines assault as a person who: 1)        …

What is the difference between ‘Impaired...

15 Feb 2018

Impaired Care and Control and Impaired Operation are very similar offences. A slight difference, exists between “operation” and “care or control” as defined in s. 253 of the Criminal Code…

What is the Difference Between Over 80 and...

13 Feb 2018

This is a common question among those charged with drinking and driving offences. Although these charges are not the same, they are closely related as these charges carry the same…

The #MeToo Movement and Reasonable Doubt

8 Feb 2018

Throughout the #metoo movement, countless men have been accused of criminal offences such as,  sexual assault, criminal harassment, sexual interference and other criminal offence allegations involving  sexual misconduct.  In the wake…