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What Happens When a Police Officer Lies...

Incidents of police misconduct, particularly dishonesty during the trial process, are widespread  leading to public resentment.     In 2012, the Toronto Star documented an in-depth survey of police witnesses involved in criminal trials. The study examined several cases from 2005 to 2012, involving police officers who testified as witnesses. The research revealed some alarming trends. The report highlighted that police witnesses regularly make inconsistent statements in the witness stand, and, in some cases, are guilty of “outright lying”. As well, the study suggested that there are few reprimands in such circumstances, and disciplinary action is rarely taken. Following the release of the report and heightened media attention, the Chief of the Crown Attorneys in Ontario made several recommendations to address the issue. Among these is a reporting procedure for Crown Attorney offices. Crown attorneys are now obliged to report incidents of police witnesses who testify…

4 Jan 2018

Alberta’s Bill 29: An Act to Reduce...

3 Jan 2018

Under new legislation police officers in Alberta will determine whether or not to lay criminal offence charges on impaired drivers. The Province of Alberta is to…

Is There a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy...

28 Dec 2017

With R. v. Marakah the Supreme Court of Canada was called to examine if a reasonable expectation of privacy may be found in text messages stored…

Is it a Crime to Catcall Someone?

27 Dec 2017

  it is possible to be charged with a criminal offence for catcalling.     “Catcalling” typically refers to the behaviour where one person makes a…

What is a Restraining Order?

21 Dec 2017

The process for the issuance of a peace bond restraining order in Canada. In Canada when someone refers to a “restraining order” typically they are, in…

Is it a Crime to Practice Medicine with a...

20 Dec 2017

Th consequences of a criminal record can have serious affects on a physician’s or surgeon’s medical licence. It is not a crime in Ontario to practice…

The Effect of Criminal Offence Charges For...

1 Dec 2017

Don’t put your real estate licence at risk, ensure a favourable outcome for your criminal offence charges. Criminal offence charges can present difficulty for members of,…