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Is it a Crime not to Report a Crime?

It is not a criminal offence in Canada not to report a crime. The Criminal Code of Canada does not contain the offence of not reporting a crime. Even if a person suspects a crime to have occurred, they are under no legal obligation to report the suspected crime and thus cannot be found guilty of such an offence, as none exists. Talk to an Experienced Criminal Lawyer with PROVEN RESULTS. Book a FREE Consultation or CALL: (416) 658-1818 Some professionals, such as doctors, lawyers,  teachers, counsellors and social workers have duties and obligations under provincial legislation to report suspected crimes, but these are not laws covered by the Criminal Code of Canada. Under these Acts, some professionals are obligated to report  suspicions or beliefs they have about the abuse or neglect of a child to the appropriate authorities. If found guilty not reporting a crime, they would be dealt with under the Act…

19 Aug 2014

Is It A Crime To Practice Witchcraft?

5 Aug 2014

It is a crime to practice witchcraft in Canada with the intent to deceive another by pretending to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration.…

What Is A Reasonable Prospect of Conviction?

16 Jul 2014

In the case of Proulx v. Québec [2001], the Supreme Court of Canada discussed the concept of a reasonable prospect of conviction and said the following: “To say that a…

Is It A Crime to Miss Your Court Date?

14 Jul 2014

Missing a court date can result in further criminal charges being laid against an accused person. Failure to appear in court as required is a violation of the law which…

What Is “Beyond A Reasonable...

4 Jul 2014

Reasonable Doubt The standard of proof in a Canadian criminal trial is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that the judge or jury must be satisfied beyond a reasonable…

Privacy in the Digital Age

20 Jun 2014

Recently, in the case of R. v. Matthew Spencer (June 17, 2014), the Supreme Court of Canada was called upon to consider our right of privacy in the context of…

Authority to Search a Motor Vehicle

10 Nov 2010

In Canada, all powers to search and seize are now subject to section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which articulates the right not to be unreasonably…