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SCC makes laudable changes to sex offenders registry
SCC makes laudable changes to sex offenders registry

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) should be commended for its decision to strike down a law that automatically added those accused of designated sexual offences to the national sex registry.

Conditional sentences are punitive and fair
Conditional sentences are punitive and fair

In early November I was disappointed to learn the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) restored provisions in the Criminal Code in R. v Sharma, stating that conditional sentences cannot be given for crimes that carry maximum sentences of at least 14 years in prison, or 10 years in drug-related cases.

Canada may soon prosecute crimes on the Moon
Canada may soon prosecute crimes on the Moon

Canadian criminal law stretches well beyond our borders, thanks to extradition agreements with other countries. But people may not know that the long arm of our law will soon extend all the way to the Moon.

SCC ruling provides clarity about sexual assault and condoms
SCC ruling provides clarity about sexual assault and condoms

I am not surprised the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled in June that people who don't wear condoms during sex after their sexual partners told them to can be convicted of sexual assault. In Ontario, to the best of my knowledge, that was the way this situation was handled even before this judgement.

SCC ruling on third-party records
SCC ruling on third-party records

The decision by the nation’s highest court to uphold rape shield provisions that were ruled unconstitutional by two lower courts is disconcerting to many defence counsel as it limits our ability to defend clients.

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