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Long Term Offender Designation

Bill C-55, which came into force on August 1st, 1997, made significant changes to Canada’s Dangerous Offender legislation. This legislation allows the government of Canada to detain indefinitely those offenders found by the court to qualify as “dangerous”. The 1997 reforms made it much easier for the Crown Attorney’s Office to secure a dangerous offender designation. At the same time, Bill C-55 introduced a new legislative designation known as the Long Term Offender Designation. This designation gave Crown Attorneys a more moderate option for dealing with the special concerns raised by long term offenders without resorting to the serious measures imposed by a dangerous offender designation. This also gave criminal defence lawyers an alternative option to suggest to the court as a compromise to avoid dangerous offender designations in the most serious of cases. In the majority of cases, however, criminal defence lawyers will do their upmost to avoid both…

13 Mar 2010

Prostitution Laws – Toronto, Ontario and...

8 Mar 2010

There is no explicit prohibition against “prostitution” in the Criminal Code of Canada. In other words, the specific act of engaging in sexual activity for money or any other form…

How to Choose a Criminal Lawyer in Toronto

25 Feb 2010

None of us want to be in such a situation, but if you are accused of a crime for any reason, the first thing to do is hire a good…

The Jury

16 Feb 2010

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…

The Rape Shield Legislation (s. 276 of the...

14 Feb 2010

Before 1982, it was permissible for criminal defence lawyers to attack the credibility of complainants in sexual assault cases by asking them questions about their sexual history. Criminal defence lawyers…

Entrapment

7 Feb 2010

Entrapment Entrapment is one of the many defences available in the criminal justice system. However, criminal defence lawyers will only pursue a defence of entrapment if the facts suggest that…

Lawyer vs. Paralegal

1 Feb 2010

A paralegal is a individual who is not a lawyer, but who is licensed to undertake specific forms of legal work. For example, paralegals often assist lawyers. In addition, paralegals…