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  • Useful Quotes: Mandatory Minimums and the Potential for Unjust Punishments

    “Mandatory minimum sentences, by their very nature, have the potential to depart from the principle of proportionality in sentencing. They emphasize denunciation, general deterrence and retribution at the expense of what is a fit sentence for the gravity of the offence, the blameworthiness of the of … Read more »

  • The Ever-Evolving Importance of Collateral Consequences in Criminal Courts in Canada

    In R. v. Wong, 2018 SCC 25, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that Defence counsel must inform an accused of both the criminal consequences of a guilty plea and the legally relevant collateral consequences that may flow from conviction or sentence outside of the criminal justice process.The Court … Read more »

  • Advocacy (Part Twelve): Pacing

    Oral advocacy requires attention to pacing. When making submissions, counsel must not sprint ahead of the judge or the jury who may be taking notes for use during the deliberation process. An unhelpful tendency to rush oral arguments may be tempered by taping an index card with the words “SLOW DOWN” … Read more »

  • The Role of the Crown: A Duty to Speak Up in the Face of Unfairness

    While a judge is in control of the trial process, a Crown Attorney, as a minister of justice, has a duty to speak up when there are clear problems unfolding that threaten to undermine the fairness of a trial. In R. v. Rui Alberto Cordeiro-Calouro, 2019 ONCA 1002, a unanimous Court of Appeal overturn … Read more »

  • Trial Preparation: A Timeline of Events

    A helpful organizational tool for trial counsel is a timeline of the alleged events and the subsequent police investigation.The preparation of a timeline of events is useful for:-    providing a roadmap for distilling a large amount of information;-    identifying what is missing from the disclosure … Read more »