What is the Police Record Check Reform Act?

Individuals living in Ontario who have never been convicted of a criminal offence and therefore do not have a criminal record may still have information disclosed about them pursuant to a police record check. Non-conviction information, despite not being...

The Canadian Jury System

The jury system is one of the most fundamental institutions in Canada’s criminal justice system. Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms every person has the right to be tried by a jury of their peers. The jury is seen as an impartial way of determining...

What is SOIRA?

  SOIRA stands for Sexual Offender Information Registration Act. According to SOIRA, the purpose is to help police services prevent and investigate crimes of a sexual nature by requiring the registration of certain information relating to sex offenders. SOIRA...

Sexual Assault, Alcohol and Consent

Sexual assault is a serious crime in Canada and being accused of sexual assault can damage your reputation. The Criminal Code of Canada defines assault as a person who: 1)         without the consent of another person, applies force intentionally to that other person,...

The #MeToo Movement and Reasonable Doubt

Throughout the #metoo movement, countless men have been accused of criminal offences such as,  sexual assault, criminal harassment, sexual interference and other criminal offence allegations involving  sexual misconduct.  In the wake of the #metoo movement there has...

Is it a Crime to Use Scalper Bots?

As for December 14,  2017, scalper bots became a provincial criminal offence in Ontario. A bill to protect ticket buyers was passed on December 14, 2017. Those against the legislation warn that some features of the legislation may actually disadvantage ticket buyers....

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...
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