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
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 […]
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 […]
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.