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Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

Most people know that for an individual to be convicted of a criminal offence, the Crown must prove his or her guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”. At the same time, people are often confused over the exact meaning of the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt”. In a criminal trial, the verdict rests on the meaning of these words. The bad news is that there is no exact universally-accepted definition of the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt”. Judges and legal scholars (also known as “jurists”) have been writing for centuries on the best way to explain exactly what the court means when they speak of a reasonable doubt. Individuals tend to “have a feeling” of what reasonable doubt is, but often find it very hard to articulate what the phrase means in the context of a trial. In R. v. Lifchus, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) stated that, in the…

23 Jun 2009

Toronto Lawyers, Kostman & Pyzer...

19 Jun 2009

On June 1st, 2001 senior Toronto lawyers ( Toronto lawyers with ten years or more of experience) made headlines earlier this week when they voted to stop accepting legal aid…

Domestic Assault Charges

10 Jun 2009

In our experience as criminal defence lawyers, domestic assault charges are very common in Toronto courts. Individuals accused of domestic assault are often deprived of the support system usually provided…

Can I Sign Bail – What is a Surety?

9 Jun 2009

When one of our clients is accused of a crime and taken into custody, our first responsibility as criminal defence lawyers is to help that client get out on bail.…

Discharges

8 Jun 2009

What is a Discharge? If you are charged with a criminal offence, the criminal defence lawyers at Kostman & Pyzer, Barristers will endeavor to help you avoid a criminal record.…

New Impaired Driving Laws

2 Jun 2009

The Ontario government has recently made some important changes to the laws governing impaired driving. At Kostman & Pyzer, we are often approached by individuals who have been charged with…