New Resources at CPLEA

LawNow is pleased to announce the creation of a new Department, called New Resources at CPLEA,  which will be a permanent addition to each issue.   Each post will highlight new materials at CPLEA. All resources are free and available for download. We hope that this will raise awareness of the many resources that CPLEA produces […]

Authors:

Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow Magazine at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. www.cplea.ca
 

Understanding the Criminal Trial Process

Some 20 years ago, a sexual offender broke into a series of homes in downtown Vancouver. Several of the victims visually identified Ivan Henry as the perpetrator based on an in-person line up, a photographic line up or when he was sitting as the accused in court. Given the similarities between the cases, Henry was […]

Authors:

Caroline Wawzonek
Caroline Wawzonek is a lawyer practising with the firm of Dragon Toner in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
 

Technology Transforms Criminal Law

As with society in general, the practice of criminal law has changed significantly over recent decades as a result of the amazing growth and development of technologies which, until now, were only ideas and imaginings of science-fiction writers. The lawyer of 20 or 30 years ago would likely be startled to see some of the […]

Authors:

Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, NWT.
 

R v Fearon : Can Police Search a Cellphone Upon Arrest?

Important Update:  Please see the article by Juliana Ho about the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in R. v Fearon.  The Supreme Court of Canada decided that the police search of Mr. Fearon’s cellphone did breach his Charter s. 8 right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure but decided that despite this breach, […]

Authors:

Christine Chong
Christine Chong wrote this article for the Centre for Constitutional Studies website in 2013 while a law student at the University of Alberta. It is reprinted with the permission of the Centre.
 

Bench Press 39-5: Duress as a Defence to Murder

For the first time in Canada, an appeal court has upheld the use of duress as a defence to a charge of murder even though the Criminal Code explicitly rules it out.  The Ontario Court of Appeal outlined the factors necessary to support both a statutory and common law defence of duress, for people who […]

Authors:

Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow Magazine at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. www.cplea.ca
 


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