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Accessory After the Fact

An individual may be liable for those offences which he she does not commit as a principle offender but in which he or she plays a part in committing. When an individual becomes liable for an offence in this way, he or she is referred to as a “party to the offence.” One specific way an individual can be found guilty of a crime as a party is as an accessory after the fact. However, an accessory is not technically a party to the offence in question. Unlike all other parties, who are charged with the offence in question and assigned liability using the legislative rules relating to aiding and abetting, common intention and counselling, an accessory is not charged as a party to the actual offence. Rather, the accessory is charged with the specific offence of being an accessory after the fact found in section 23 of the Criminal…

27 Sep 2010

Airport Security

20 Sep 2010

There is no place on Canadian soil where individuals have less constitutional protection than at an international airport. The government and the courts have determined that overriding concerns for effective…

Criminal Records Legislation Passed by MP’s

13 Jul 2010

Many individuals with criminal records opt to apply for a pardon in order to negate the detrimental effect a criminal record can have on daily life. The ability to get…

Aboriginal Accused and the Criminal Justice...

4 Jul 2010

If a guilty plea is entered or if a person is convicted after trial, the focus of the Court shifts to sentencing. If you are entering a guilty plea it…

Freedom of Expression Limited By G20

29 Jun 2010

The G20 summit has brought our world’s most powerful leaders to Toronto. Discussion topics for the summit relate to international finance and development. Toronto will be hosting leaders from the…

Dangerous Driving & Expressing Yourself...

28 Jun 2010

The second part of our continuing look at the interaction between World Cup celebrations and the criminal justice system relates to driving motor vehicles. To recap, during the World Cup…

Ontario Government Approves Sweeping Police...

26 Jun 2010

On June 2, 2010 through an order-in-council, the Ontario government secretly approved new sweeping powers for the police. Many Toronto criminal lawyers believe that these ‘police state regulations’ have gone…