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Is it a Crime to Fail to Attend Court After...

A witness in a criminal matter may be charged with contempt of court. What should witnesses expect in court? The role of witnesses is to tell the court what they know in relation to the alleged criminal matter that is before the court. They will be likely be questioned by both the Crown and the defence lawyer. The testimony they give is a type of evidence. How is someone ordered to appear in court as a witness Usually the Crown prosecutor or the defence lawyer will instruct a witness to come to court by issuing a subpoena. A subpoena is a piece of paper that orders a person to come to court on a certain day to speak about certain events relating to the trial. Section 698 of the Criminal Code pertains to subpoenas: Witness Subpoenas Section 698 allows the ordering of a subpoena requiring a…

22 Nov 2016

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday James Dean

16 Nov 2016

James Dean was wrongfully convicted of murder and sexual assault. During the night of February 5, 1985,  68-year-old Helen Wilson was sexually assaulted and killed in…

Is it a Crime to Assist Someone With Their...

15 Nov 2016

Physician assisted suicide is not a crime in Canada.   The common law crimes of attempting suicide and of assisting suicide were codified in Canada when…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Peter Frumusa

9 Nov 2016

Peter Frumusa was one of many Canadians wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit In Niagara, Ontario, Peter Frumusa was arrested in 1988 for…

Is it a Crime to Make a Computer Virus or...

8 Nov 2016

You may be charged with a criminal offence for cyber-crime for certain online activity.   The Canadian Criminal code has been used and amended to deal…

The What is Future of Marijuana And Driving...

3 Nov 2016

With prospective marijuana legalization it is unclear how to monitor impaired driving and An estimated 20- 30% percentage of the Canadian population currently recreationally consumes marijuana…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Ronald Dalton

2 Nov 2016

Ronald Dalton spent nearly eight years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of killing his wife. In Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, on August 16, 1988 Randy…