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Indigenous People and R. v. Gladue

Criminal law remains a vitally important part of Canada’s legal system. Criminal defence lawyers work tirelessly to ensure that civil liberties are upheld, and just sentences are provided. This work can be extremely complicated, but Laurier University is trying to highlight the issue of Indigenous people being overrepresented in the criminal justice system. R. …

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Criminally Responsible Or Not Criminally Responsible?

Mental illness can be used as a defence during criminal cases, drastically affecting an individual’s sentencing and potentially result in a not criminally responsible verdict. When the mental illness defence is used too freely, though, where should the line be drawn? Crafting an appropriate sentence for an individual charged with a crime remains an …

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Privacy in Criminal Law

Privacy and solicitor client privileges have and will always be an important aspect of the legal profession. There are concerns that contact tracing could be used for more than combatting COVID-19 if the information makes its way to the wrong organizations. In the United States, contact tracing has already been used to identify protesters. …

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Organized Crime

A recent investigation has led to the arrest of 11 people and the seizure of around $300,000.00 worth of Canadian currency related to the drug market. The continued sale and use of illicit drugs continues to be a pressing issue for Canada. Organized criminal organizations are continuing to find ways of bringing drugs into …

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Body Cameras and Law Enforcement

In 2020, the push for police accountability has led to the introduction of body cameras for use on law enforcement. This would offer video footage that could either confirm or disprove any accusations of misconduct. It would also improve transparency between law enforcement officers and the people they protect. However, there have been a …

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Face Coverings

Safety precautions against COVID-19 continues to be an important part of everyday life for people around the globe, including those held in custody. Some criminal lawyers have noticed that their clients are not being given masks when leaving the detention facility despite the potential health concerns. This could pose an issue when the accused …

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Intelligence Agencies

For more serious crimes, there is a delicate balance that must be found between providing a fair trial to the accused and protecting Canada’s secret intelligence operations. Divulging too much information could put these intelligence operations at risk by allowing other criminal organizations to have a better idea of how Canada’s intelligence efforts operate. …

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Social Distancing Tickets

Like traffic tickets, there are many people who wish to fight tickets that were issued for violating social distancing rules. Even though many of these tickets may not have been issued fairly, they may be difficult to fight in Court. Barriers such as hiring a lawyer or finding Court time can make the process …

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Satellite Courtrooms

The criminal justice system needs to resume trials for criminal matters despite the continued need for social distancing. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has secured large spaces that will allow jury trials to continue safely. Small Courtrooms around the country have delayed many trials due to their small size, but the Courts are …

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Shoplifting

Organized crime can take many forms. Even seemingly minor acts of crime can quickly evolve into a societal issue if the occurrence of such crimes is not watched. While it is important for policing services to keep organized crime under control, it is also important to remember that these actions may unintentionally target groups …

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