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There has been criticism to Ontario’s criminal justice system in regards to its overall performance. Recent reforms have attempted addressed some of the areas of concern, supposedly improving public safety, fairness, and access to justice. According to a criminal justice report card released by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Ontario has the second lowest violent crime rate in Canada, higher non-violent crime clearance rate than other provinces  and relatively low rates of accused persons being unlawfully at large and failing to comply with court orders. Additionally, Ontario has the second-highest criminal legal aid expenditures among the other provinces. This means that the amount of money spent on legal aid for those accused of crimes is nearly the highest in Canada. If you are low income and are accused of an offence, you may be more likely to be eligible for legal aid. While Ontario may have comparably high allocation of legal aid funding,…

10 Jul 2018

Section 7 of The Canadian Charter of Rights...

5 Jul 2018

Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects every individual’s right to “life liberty and security of the person, and the right not to be deprived thereof…

Section 2 of The Canadian Charter of Rights...

3 Jul 2018

  Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms addresses our “fundamental freedoms”. There are four fundamental freedoms in total. Section 2 states that: “every person has the…

Changes to the Jury Selection Process

14 Jun 2018

With Bill C-75 the  jury selection is to be significantly changed. Currently, both the Crown and Defence  are given the same number of preemptory challenge to be employed during the…

Changes to Domestic Violence Law

12 Jun 2018

  As recent as March of 2018, a new bill, Bill C-75, was presented in Parliament with the overall goal of both decreasing backlog in the courts, as well as…

Police Record Checks Reform Act Finally to...

10 May 2018

Nearly three years after it was passed unanimously by the Ontario legislature the Police Record Checks Reform Act will become law on Nov. 1. It will severely limit the release…

What Happens When The Police Breach Your...

8 May 2018

It is very important for every Canadian to understand, not only his or her rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but also how those rights can be…