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Schaeffer v Wood, Police Officers Not...

In the  case of Schaeffer v Wood, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the landmark decision that police officers are not entitled to consult with a lawyer before writing their notes. The implications of this decision are significant,  strengthening  the rights of individuals facing criminal charges who have been mistreated by police officers. As the notes police officers are often used to prove that an accused’s rights pursuant to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms  have been violated by police officers, it is the favour of the accused that the notes of police officers are not altered to protect the police interests in prosecuting an accused and denying that the accused rights were, in fact, violated. Schaeffer v Wood  specifically dealt with whether police officers have the right to consult with counsel prior to writing their notes, after they have been involved in an incident that has resulted in serious bodily…

17 Jul 2018

Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act Passed By...

12 Jul 2018

On June 7, 2018,  Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act was passed by the Canadian Senate. This lifted a 95 year old law prohibiting recreational marihuana consumption and possession. Bill C-45…

Are Recent Changes Improvements to...

10 Jul 2018

There has been criticism to Ontario’s criminal justice system in regards to its overall performance. Recent reforms have attempted addressed some of the areas of concern, supposedly improving public safety, fairness,…

Section 7 of The Canadian Charter of Rights...

5 Jul 2018

Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects every individual’s right to “life liberty and security of the person, and the right not to be deprived thereof…

Section 2 of The Canadian Charter of Rights...

3 Jul 2018

  Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms addresses our “fundamental freedoms”. There are four fundamental freedoms in total. Section 2 states that: “every person has the…

Changes to the Jury Selection Process

14 Jun 2018

With Bill C-75 the  jury selection is to be significantly changed. Currently, both the Crown and Defence  are given the same number of preemptory challenge to be employed during the…

Changes to Domestic Violence Law

12 Jun 2018

  As recent as March of 2018, a new bill, Bill C-75, was presented in Parliament with the overall goal of both decreasing backlog in the courts, as well as…