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On June 1st, 2001 senior Toronto lawyers ( Toronto lawyers with ten years or more of experience) made headlines earlier this week when they voted to stop accepting legal aid cases dealing with homicide, gun, or gang related charges in Toronto. It is not the intention of the Toronto criminal defence bar that this decision be permanent. Rather, senior Toronto criminal lawyers are calling this a strike designed to call attention to the government’s serious underfunding of the Legal Aid program. This controversial decision was not made without hesitation on the part of the defence bar. Rather, it has been about a decade in the making. Over the past ten years, Crown Attorneys have seen a 57 % pay raise while defence lawyers acting through legal aid certificates have experienced only a 15% hourly wage increase over the last five years following more than a fifteen years of cutbacks and…

19 Jun 2009

Domestic Assault Charges

10 Jun 2009

In our experience as criminal defence lawyers, domestic assault charges are very common in Toronto courts. Individuals accused of domestic assault are often deprived of the support system usually provided…

Can I Sign Bail – What is a Surety?

9 Jun 2009

When one of our clients is accused of a crime and taken into custody, our first responsibility as criminal defence lawyers is to help that client get out on bail.…

Discharges

8 Jun 2009

What is a Discharge? If you are charged with a criminal offence, the criminal defence lawyers at Kostman & Pyzer, Barristers will endeavor to help you avoid a criminal record.…

New Impaired Driving Laws

2 Jun 2009

The Ontario government has recently made some important changes to the laws governing impaired driving. At Kostman & Pyzer, we are often approached by individuals who have been charged with…