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What is the PARS Program (Early Intervention...

The PARS or Early Intervention Program may not be for everyone. Ontario’s Domestic Violence Court has specialized processes for the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases. Domestic violence cases are often resolved via the early intervention program, known as PARS, Partner Assault Response Service. In these cases, when deemed appropriate, the accused is given the opportunity to participate in PARS, a 12-session program meant to educate and counsel them on domestic violence and relationships. PARS is aimed at helping participants to control and manage violent, abusive, and controlling behaviors towards their partners. The program seeks to assist the accused by providing opportunities vis-à-vis counseling sessions to examine their beliefs and attitudes towards domestic violence, and to learn non-abusive ways of resolving conflict. How Do I Get into the Program? Before the accused’s first scheduled court appearance, the Domestic Violence Crown Attorneys screen the cases. If…

17 Mar 2016

Can a Confession Lead to a Conviction?

12 Mar 2016

A confession alone can lead to a criminal conviction. A confession is an incriminating statement made by a person in relation to an alleged offence. It…

Can I Travel to the United States with a...

19 Feb 2016

Sometimes decisions and choices we make as youth or adults come back to haunt us in ways we may not think about. One of these situations may be having a…

How and When Can you Visit Someone in Prison?

12 Feb 2016

Visiting hours for family, friends and Lawyers Being incarcerated in Ontario comes with many challenges for both the inmate and the family. There are many privileges that we take for…

How can Family and Friends Transfer Funds to...

5 Feb 2016

Prisons in Ontario have very similar guidelines for funds being transferred to inmates, however they do differ slightly. If you are going to deposit funds to an inmate’s account you…

What Is the Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS)?

31 Jan 2016

The Federal Victim Fine Surcharge (FVFS), as set out in s.737 of the Criminal Code of Canada, is a monetary surcharge imposed on offenders in addition to any other punishment…

Driving A Bicycle Under The Influence: When...

18 Dec 2015

Many people ride their bicycles regularly to help the environment and get exercise on their way to work. In Ontario cities, bike paths are commonly found and you can even…