Hearsay Admissibility: R v Bradshaw

Hearsay is an out of court statement offered for the truth of its contents. The general rule is that hearsay is inadmissible. Hearsay includes verbal and non-verbal statements as well as implied statements.

August 6th, 2020|

NXIVM Sex Trafficking Ring

Keith Raniere, the founder and leader of Nxivm, was convicted today by a federal jury in Brooklyn of all seven counts of a superseding indictment charging him with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy

July 28th, 2020|

Unreasonable Verdict – Recovered Memories

On November 2, 2017, Angus Waterman was found guilty by a jury and convicted of indecent assault and gross indecency against a male from incidents that occurred between 1974 and 1981 (the Criminal Code offences were on the books at that time).

July 15th, 2020|

Ramen Noodles Used in Attack

The drama went down in a girl’s washroom in a British Columbia washroom just before Christmas of 2018. Two girls had had been embroiled in an ongoing feud and finally came to blows with an unlikely weapon entering the mix – a boiling hot bowl of ramen noodles.

July 8th, 2020|

Admissibility of Expert Evidence

As trials become more complex, expert opinion evidence has increasingly become an issue. More and more, trial judges are having to warn themselves against falling into the trap of turning trials into a battle of the experts.

July 8th, 2020|

Sentencing Principles for Sexual Offences Against Children

In a recent decision, R v Friesen the Supreme Court of Canada has instructed lower courts to be tougher when punishing sexual crimes against children, in landmark reasons for judgment that offer extensive and detailed guidance on principles of sentencing for sexual offences against children.

June 29th, 2020|

Right to Search for a Lawyer

In a recent provincial court case, a man was pulled over for speeding in the early morning hours. After a brief conversation with police, the officer asked the driver to exit the vehicle so they could continue to speak on the side of the road (in my view, there was no need for the driver to exit the vehicle and this was a section 9 Charter violation). After exiting the vehicle, the driver admitted to consuming alcohol. As a result of the admission, the officer made an Approved Screening Device demand to test the sobriety of the driver. The driver blew a Fail and was arrested for impaired driving.

June 25th, 2020|

Common Sexual Offence Charges in Alberta

Sexual offences are incredibly complex and encompass many different charges under the Criminal Code. They are some of the most difficult offences to defend and require a lawyer with significant experience to help you navigate the criminal justice system.

June 16th, 2020|


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