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December 30, 2014

Eddie Greenspan In His Own Words

There have been an outpouring of tributes to Edward Greenspan since his passing on December 24, 2014. There is not much that can be added, so it is Mr. Greenspan’s own inimitable voice that seems most worth recalling. What follows are extracts from an interview with Mr. Greenspan in the Spring 2009 edition of The...

November 18, 2014

Advocacy Tips from Criminal Court Judges

The most recent edition of the Criminal Lawyers Association Newsletter, For The Defence, is devoted to the subject of advocacy. In an introductory note, editor Breese Davies laments the absence of direct feedback from judges on how an advocate might have better performed in an individual case. What could they have done differently? How could...

November 4, 2014

Determining Credibility in Cases of Sexual Assault

The events of the past week involving Jian Ghomeshi have highlighted the difficult issue of sexual assault. These cases often turn on credibility, and this is especially the case where there is no corroborating evidence. With the large number of cases that come before the courts, general principles have been formulated that are designed to...

Let the Sun Shine Into the Jury Room

Section 649 of the Criminal Code makes it an offence for a juror to disclose “any information relating to the proceedings of the jury when it was absent from the courtroom that was not subsequently disclosed in open court.” This sweeping prohibition has prevented the public from knowing about the reasons for, and the process...

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