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Criminal Harassment in Canada

Criminal harassment is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. It is also sometimes referred to as "stalking." Criminal harassment involves engaging in repeated, unwanted behaviour toward someone that causes that person to fear for their safety or for...

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Can Police Enter House Without a Warrant?

Enter House Without Warrant In most cases police require a warrant to enter your house. However, police are allowed to enter your house without a warrant in certain situations, such as when they have reason to believe that there is an emergency inside. There are also...

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How Criminal Charges are Classified in Canada

When you're facing criminal charges, it's important to understand how the courts and prosecutors classify criminal offences. This article will help you understand the severity of criminal offenses and what potential penalties you may face. In Canada, crimes are...

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Legal Aid’s New Guilty Plea System

In an attempt to clear the high number of cases currently awaiting trial in the Ontario Courts, the government has created a new guilty plea certificate system that incentivizes those accused to plead guilty by providing legal representation for a guilty plea. ...

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The Difference Between Civil and Criminal Court

For many members of the public, the legal system may seem monolithic. Popular culture doesn’t always do a good job of distinguishing between the different kinds of law. We generally understand that there are judges, lawyers, and juries - and for many, that’s as far as...

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What is a Gardiner Hearing?

A Gardiner Hearing is when evidence is called during sentencing after an accused person has entered a guilty plea to outstanding charges, or in very rare instances has been found guilty after a trial. During a Gardiner Hearing evidence is presented to the Judge on...

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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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What Happens When You Surrender A Firearm?

Gun buy-back and amnesty programs allow people to surrender firearms to police safely. Most firearms used in street-level crimes are bought or stolen from Canadian homes. So these programs are aimed at reducing firearms offences in Toronto communities. During these...

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Criminal Sentencing Considerations for Judges

In Canada, sentencing is not an exact process, it is fact-driven and highly individualized. Sentencing is not a strictly codified and regimented process with pre-determined set punishments. In short, sentencing can be considered more of an Art rather than a Science....

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Prison Break: How ORB Inmates Are Escaping CamH Custody

  This past year, the media has been drawing attention to the frequency of ORB inmates escaping from CamH Custody. The highest-profile of these being the escape of Zhebin Cong, “The Meat Cleaver Killer.” Zhebin Cong made headlines back in 2008 after beheading a...

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Criminal Harassment in Canada

Criminal Harassment in Canada

Criminal harassment is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. It is also sometimes referred to as "stalking." Criminal harassment involves engaging in repeated, unwanted behaviour toward someone that causes that person to fear for their safety or for someone they know. Given that...

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Can Police Enter House Without a Warrant?

Can Police Enter House Without a Warrant?

Enter House Without Warrant In most cases police require a warrant to enter your house. However, police are allowed to enter your house without a warrant in certain situations, such as when they have reason to believe that there is an emergency inside. There are also other very limited...

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