43-3: Juries in Canada - LawNow Magazine

43-3: Juries in Canada

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Volume 43-3  Jan/Feb 2019




The jury system is an important part of our criminal justice system. This issue looks at the reasons why.

Featured Articles: Juries in Canada

Juries as the Great Democratic Hope of the Criminal Trial
Rob Normey
Under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadians have constitutional guarantees to a jury trial in some circumstances.

Why do We have Jury Trials?
Charles Davison
Let’s look at why we have jury trials in Canada, who sits on them and how  we choose jurors.

Jury Trials: Costs, Controversies and Secret Powers
Charles Davison
There are pros and cons to jury trials, but they form an integral part of our criminal justice system.

Transparency Around Jurors and Verdicts Would Help Trial Fairness
Robin McKechney
The most unsatisfactory part of the Stanley trial is not the verdict itself, but that we will never know the reasons for it.

The Lack of Representation of Aboriginal People in Canadian Juries
Christopher Gallardo-Ganaban
Finding Aboriginal citizens to participate in jury trials is an ongoing problem in Canada.

Canadian Jurors Need Mental Health Support
Michael Cooper MP
Many jurors experience significant stress after participating in a grueling criminal trial, but there is little in the way of supports for them.

Special Report: Emergencies and the Law

The Evolution of the War Measures Act
Marjun Parcasio
Laws such as the War Measures Act and the Emergencies Act give governments extraordinary powers to respond to emergencies.

The Emergency Medical Aid Act and Emergency Situations
Donna Gee
We all want to do the right thing in an emergency, but laws may influence our actions.

Updated Rules Protect Albertans from Disaster
Government of Alberta

Liability of Volunteers in Natural Disaster Emergencies
Peter Bowal, Lila Swiatylo and Kristen Leinweber


Teresa Mitchell

New Resources at CPLEA
Lesley Conley


Criminal Law
Melodie Izadie
Post Jordan Mentality vs. Humanity: Who Wins?

Employment Law
Peter Bowal and Dustin Bodnar
A Year of Holidays

Environmental Law
Jeff Surtees
Important Concepts in Environmental Law: the Precautionary Principle

Family Law
Sarah Dargatz
Alternatives to Court: The Collaborative Process

Famous Cases
Peter Bowal and Joshua Twa
No Judicial Role in Religious Disputes: Jehovah’s Witnesses v Wall

Human Rights Law
Linda McKay-Panos
A Significant Human Rights Event for the Lubicon People

Peter Broder
Limits on Recourse for Donors Once a Gift is Made

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Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the former Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

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