201502.15
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Supreme Court Rules that Police Can Search Cell Phones

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The police have a common law power to search incident to a lawful arrest. Does this power permit the search of cell phones and similar devices found on the suspect? In R. v. Fearon, The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that it does, provided the arrest is lawful and the search is truly incident to…

201501.03
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Globe and Mail Comments on Canadian Criminal Justice System

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The Globe and Mail reminded Canadians in an editorial published on January 3, 2014, that the Canadian criminal justice system is “far from perfect and may be getting worse.” Noting that Canada has avoided many of the mistakes of a U.S. justice system described as “brutal and counterproductive,” the Globe and Mail pointed out that…

201501.02
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Plea for National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

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As First Nations chiefs gathered to choose a new leader, Rinelle Harper, who survived a brutal attack in Winnipeg on November 9, made passionate plea for an end to violence against young aboriginal women, and for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. Ms. Harper asked that everyone remember a few simple words:…

201501.02
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Art of Law a Huge Success

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The Art of Law, an exhibition of art created by London lawyers and sponsored by Zegers Law Professional Corporation raised over $5,000.00 for London Lawyers Feed the Hungry. All proceeds from the Art of Law were donated to London Lawyers Feed The Hungry. Since its inception in 2003, London Lawyers Feed The Hungry has raised…

201501.02
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Former Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec Pleads Guilty to Fraud

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On December 8, 2014, the former Lieutenant-General of Quebec, Lise Thibault, changed her plea to guilty on six counts of breach of trust and fraud. She is prepared to repay the money, which her lawyer says amounts to $310,000. The Crown Attorney is seeking restitution in the amount of $430,000. Part of the allegations was…

201412.17
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Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Cell Phone Searches

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The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that cell phone searches are allowed upon arrest.  However the search must be directly related to the search and police must keep detailed notes of the investigation. The decision, released on December 11, 2014, saw the Supreme Court divided 4 to 3, with the minority arguing against allowing…