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Changes to the Criminal Code regarding Sexual Assault (Part 2 of 2)

The governments answer to this outcry was Bill C-51 (2017). This Bill did not get much press because a lot of it dealt with cleaning up the criminal code from obsolete laws, such as the illegality of dueling. However, buried in it were several new provisions and amendments to section 276 and 278 of the criminal code which have caused considerable debate within the defense lawyer bar.

Changes to the Criminal Code regarding Sexual Assault (Part 1 of 2)

It is a weakness of Canadian bill naming customs that repetition of certain, high profile bills will share the same numbers. This blog post is about Bill C-51 that deals with the Criminal Code updates of 2017, rather than the more well known Bill C-51 of 2015, under Stephen Harper, which dealt with anti-terrorism powers. For the remained of the post, Bill C-51 will be taken to mean the 2018 bill passed by the Trudeau administration.

Criminal Court System in Ontario

Due to its large size, Toronto has numerous criminal courts. Where a criminal charge ends up going is ultimately decided by the police precinct which conducted the arrest. This is made even more complicated by the existence of two levels of court; 1) the Ontario Court of Justice; and 2) the Superior Court of Justice.

Spousal Support

How much spousal support do I actually have to pay? This is a common question that is asked after or even during the divorce proceedings. In Ontario, every spouse has the right to first support themselves…

Custody and Access

Going through a divorce can often be a difficult and emotional process, especially when children are involved. It is important to familiarize yourself with your rights and obligations to your children after a divorce.