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What is a Crown Pre-Trial?

Once disclosure has been provided, counsel will need to discuss your case with the Crown.  In complex cases the discussion will require the presence of a judge.  These pre-trial discussions are called, “Crown Pre-trials” and “Judicial Pre-trials”. Early consultation between prosecution and defence counsel can play an important role in ensuring that the parties determine what issues can be agreed upon and which issues must be adjudicated at trial. A Crown pre-trial is a necessary step in the legal process, where your lawyer will have an informal discussion with the Crown about your case.  This meeting is also referred to as a “Crown Resolution Meeting”. If you have been charged, it is recommended that you have a lawyer conduct pre-trials to ensure your defence is not compromised. After meeting with the Crown, counsel will be able to advise you on whether it is better to make plea bargain or proceed…

1 Feb 2018

What Are Ontario’s New Careless and...

30 Jan 2018

New driving legislation in Ontario means tougher penalties for distracted and careless driving.   New Ontario bylaws will mean automatic driver’s licence suspension for convicted distracted…

What are the Current Marihuana Laws in...

19 Jan 2018

As the recreational use of marihuana grows, it is important to note that marihuana remains a controlled substance, prohibited under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. Possessing and selling marihuana…

Is it a Crime to Vape Indoors?

18 Jan 2018

   According to the Electronic Cigarettes Act (2015), an electronic cigarette is considered a vaporizer or inhalant-type device that contains a power source and heating element, designed to heat a…

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and...

11 Jan 2018

Section 8 of the Charter addresses what it mans to have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms…

Section 10 of the Charter of Rights and...

9 Jan 2018

  Included in the section 10(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is your right to counsel upon arrest or detention. Section 10 of the…

What Happens When a Police Officer Lies...

4 Jan 2018

Incidents of police misconduct, particularly dishonesty during the trial process, are widespread  leading to public resentment.     In 2012, the Toronto Star documented an in-depth…