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Can You Be Charged For Lying to Get a COVID Vaccine?

The Ontario provincial government’s vaccine rollout has been shaky at best. Critics blame the provincial government for the lack of a clear plan and thousands of vaccines going unaccounted for. The province criticizes the federal government for the lack of...

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Can Your Criminal Trial be Delayed if You Contract COVID-19?

The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting court proceedings across the globe. If you are currently involved in a criminal case, you may have questions about how the pandemic will affect court proceedings and potential sentencing. In this post, we’ll discuss the most...

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Ontario Courts Reopening for Criminal Trials

Ontario criminal trials are back in session. The Ontario Court of Justice resumed criminal case management matters as of November 30th. Due to COVID-19, cases were adjourned from March 16th to August 7th, and then again from August 24th to November 27th. All accused...

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The Use of Affidavits in Covid-19 Trials

Affidavit Definition An affidavit is a written statement that is voluntarily signed to swear that the information in the statement is true. In a trial, an affidavit can help to legitimize a written statement of someone who can not attend and be sworn in for in-person...

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How Are Jails Handling the Pandemic in Ontario

In the prison system, jails have the potential to be a petri dish in a pandemic. Conditions make rapid and widespread transmission in, and out of, penal institutions a significant concern. How are Ontario’s prisons adapting to these concerns during COVID-19? Lockdown...

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Ontario Legal Aid in the Hole After COVID-19

In the spring of 2019, Ontario’s legal budget was slashed by 30%. The loss of $133 million in funding was already having a detrimental impact, but those effects are now being compounded in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resulting cuts have significantly...

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OCJ COVID-19 Court Adjournment Dates

The OCJ is adjourning all criminal matters as a result of the COVID-19 precautions. Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, the Ontario Court of Justice suspended the regular daily operations of all trial courts. All scheduled trials, set-date appearances, scheduled...

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COVID-19 Bail Hearing Decisions

While the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice are being forced to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic by embracing the widespread use of telephone conference calls, video appearances and virtually courtrooms where all the participants are...

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Bail For Murder Charges in Toronto

Bail For Murder Charges in Toronto

In Toronto, bail is only granted in exceptional circumstances for those who have outstanding murder charges. In order to be considered for bail, you and your proposed sureties must meet certain conditions set out by the court. If you are unable to meet these conditions, you may be required to...

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Actual Cost of Sexual Assault Charges

Actual Cost of Sexual Assault Charges

Nobody wants to talk about the actual cost of sexual assault charges. Particularly when it comes to discussing the actual costs that serious sexual offences impose on the justice system. This is likely due, in part, to the fact that most people not involved in the criminal justice system don't...

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Drug Impaired Driving – The Best DRE Checklist

Drug Impaired Driving – The Best DRE Checklist

What Is a Drug Recognition Expert? A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is a police officer trained to scientifically identify if a person's ability to operate motor vehicle is drug impaired by or impaired by alcohol. They are scientifically trained to determine if a person is driving under the...

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