News in Criminal Law
Provincial Government Expanding Bail Programs, Hiring More Prosecutors and Staff in Southwestern Ontario
The Ontario government is implementing programs to help reduce time-to-trial and improve the bail system in southwestern Ontario.
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Stepstojustice.ca aims to provide reliable answers to common legal questions and problems. 'It’s sort of like an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) of law,' says Paul Schabas, the treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
An Ontario court has rejected the Ministry of the Attorney General's attempt to keep secret a "practical guide" to prosecuting HIV exposure and transmission cases.
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the consent someone gives to sexual activity can be considered null and void if a partner fails to disclose, or lies about, his or her HIV status.
Failure to disclose one's HIV status is prosecuted as aggravated sexual assault, yet at least half the prosecutions in cases of HIV non-disclosure have involved no transmission of the virus.
More than half of Canadian adults in jail awaiting trial rather than serving sentences in 2014 and 2015: StatsCan
The John Howard Society has been raising awareness about the "remand crisis" for years: in 2005 they warned that the average daily pre-trial prison population in Ontario had more than doubled since 1991.
The co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto says carding still happens, and a public relations blitz won't change what's happening between police and members of visible minorities.