Archive for the ‘Criminal Law’ Category

Bill C-46 – Getting Tough On Impaired Driving in Canada

By Bryan Fitzpatrick
Categories: Blog, Criminal Law
Recently the Canadian Government passed Bill C-46, which on its face appears to substantially change the legal landscape concerning impaired driving in Canada.

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Landmark Decision on Criminal Trials within a Reasonable Time

By Ginger Holmes
Categories: Blog, Criminal Law
The Supreme Court of Canada recently released a new decision that defines the timeline for criminal trials in Canada.

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Homicide in Canada on the Rise

By Ginger Holmes
Categories: Blog, Criminal Law
Canada’s homicide rates increased by 15% in 2015.

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Homicide in Canada, 2013: The Stats

By Clarke Burnett
Categories: Blog, Criminal Law
Canadian police services reported 505 homicides in 2013, 38 fewer than the previous year. The homicide rate fell 8% from 2012 to 1.44 victims per 100,000 population. This marks the lowest homicide rate since 1966. For the full report

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Criminal Justice Reform In BC; Your Feedback Is Requested

By Pushor Mitchell LLP
Categories: Blog, Criminal Law
The public is invited to provide comment through a new website established to facilitate an independent review of BC’s criminal justice system. Earlier this year, Vancouver lawyer Geoff Cowper, QC was asked by the provincial government to conduct the review. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice released a Green Paper, which summarizes some […]

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The Insanity Defense On Trial

By Pushor Mitchell LLP
Categories: Blog, Criminal Law
With the recent shooting tragedy in the US, there has been much discussion whether the shooter was sane, and whether he could be acquitted on the grounds of insanity. The insanity defense, rarely used, is widely misunderstood. This defense is designed to protect people who are incapable of understanding or controlling their criminal actions and […]

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Solicitor General to Introduce Tougher Impaired Driving Laws

By Pushor Mitchell LLP
Categories: Blog, Criminal Law
The BC Solicitor General Kash Heed recently announced that he will be introducing new legislation combating impaired-driving offences. The aims of the legislation are said to be to improve timely access to justice, combat crime, reduce impaired driving, and improve public safety.

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