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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 representative of a criminal offence conviction, may nonetheless  greatly negatively affect  an individual’s job prospects, educational advancement, volunteer placements or other opportunities requiring criminal record checks . Non-criminal offence conviction information that may be disclosed pursuant to a criminal record check includes: criminal charges that were withdrawn; unproven accusations; mental-health crises that resulted in a police intervention or a 911 call; domestic assault 911 calls. Many people living in Ontario believe that the practice of disclosing such information is discriminatory and unfair to people who have non-conviction records, as these people are legally innocent. The negative impact of a non-conviction record can be detrimental  to individuals’ potential opportunities. As a result of…

7 Mar 2018

The Canadian Jury System

1 Mar 2018

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…

Do I Have To Pay The Criminal Injury...

27 Feb 2018

The Criminal Injury Compensation Board’s goal is to provide support to complainants in criminal matters. If an individual is a complainant in a matter, or otherwise affected by a criminal…

What is SOIRA?

22 Feb 2018

  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…

Sexual Assault, Alcohol and Consent

20 Feb 2018

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)        …

What is the difference between ‘Impaired...

15 Feb 2018

Impaired Care and Control and Impaired Operation are very similar offences. A slight difference, exists between “operation” and “care or control” as defined in s. 253 of the Criminal Code…

What is the Difference Between Over 80 and...

13 Feb 2018

This is a common question among those charged with drinking and driving offences. Although these charges are not the same, they are closely related as these charges carry the same…