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Changes to the Jury Selection Process

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 jury selection process. Peremptory challenges are defined as a defendant’s or lawyer’s objection to a proposed juror, made without needing to give a reason. Peremptory challenges are used to exclude potential jurors without explanation or reason. Both Crown and defence counsel are given the name, age and job of the potential juror for consideration. Should, based upon that information and the appearance of the potential juror, either Crown or defence counsel determine that they do not wish this proposed juror to be a juror, they can eliminate them with out explanation using one of their peremptory challenges. Criminal Code: Peremptory Challenges 634. (1) A juror may be challenged peremptorily whether or not the juror has been challenged for cause pursuant…

14 Jun 2018

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…

Police Record Checks Reform Act Finally to...

10 May 2018

Nearly three years after it was passed unanimously by the Ontario legislature the Police Record Checks Reform Act will become law on Nov. 1. It will severely limit the release…

What Happens When The Police Breach Your...

8 May 2018

It is very important for every Canadian to understand, not only his or her rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but also how those rights can be…

Toronto Youth Court at 311 Jarvis Street to...

3 May 2018

311 Jarvis Street in Toronto is the specified youth court. Sixty year ago specified courts were established to address youth criminal matters. The Youth Criminal Justice…

Problematic Implications of Bill C-46,...

1 May 2018

  The federal government introduced Bill C-46 in July, 2017. This bill is  an Act to amend the Criminal Code and make consequential amendments to other Acts. Bill C-46 is…

Assault by Parents

24 Apr 2018

  Assault is illegal under the Criminal Code of Canada. Assault, as defined in the Code, includes any form of physical punishment parents, teachers or caregivers traditionally use to correct…