Canadian Criminal Justice System Report Card 2018

For the second time the Macdonald-Laurier Institute has issued its annual report card on the status of Canada’s criminal justice system. Using quantitative data from Statistics Canada and statistical analysis, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute has rated each province and territory’s criminal justice system based on five major objectives: public safety, support […]

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Trial Within A Reasonable Time

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives everyone charged with a criminal offence the right to be tried within a reasonable time. The rational for this right is based on both individual interests and societal interests. The individual interests include (1) minimizing the anxiety and stigma of criminal proceedings; […]

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When can a Judge change their decision?

A judge can only make a decision within their jurisdiction. Jurisdiction is legal power of the court to exercise authority over a person, subject matter or geographic area. The doctrine of functus officio (Latin for “having performed the function of his or her office) refers to the principle that a […]

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De Minimis Defence

De Minimis Non Curat Lex is Latin for “the law does not care for small things.” In a number of criminal cases the de minimis defence has been raised successfully, though appellant courts have not been clear on its availability for all offences. In R v Peleshaty, the Manitoba Court […]

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Winnipeg Drug Treatment Court

The first drug treatment court (DTC) was established in Toronto in 1998. The idea was to bring together professional treatment services for those involved in the criminal justice system in order to effectively address offenders’ drug additions. Soon after a drug treatment court was developed in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa […]

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Drug Treatment Court Success Story: The Graduation of JJ

All to often the Manitoba criminal law courts are filled with stories of tragedy. It’s the nature of the criminal justice system. A system that involves victims and offenders. Every once in a while, those privileged to participate in the justice system are blessed with different kinds of stories. Stories […]

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Uttering Threats

Uttering threats is a charge that frequently appears before the law courts in Manitoba. Often these charges arise in the context of domestic relationships and the work place. Heated words exchanged in a moment of anger may put a law abiding individual in unexpected criminal jeopardy. In R v O’Brien, […]

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Court Orders of Protection in Manitoba

In Manitoba there are many different kinds of court orders designed to protect those in the community who safety is endangered. These orders may be made by the criminal, civil and family court. The criminal court will issues protective conditions in the form of undertakings and recognizance, in-custody non-communication orders, […]

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What does the Law Society of Manitoba do with Practice Fees?

Every year across Canada lawyers are required to pay practice fees to their respective law society in order to allow them to practice the law. A lot of lawyers pay these fee without thinking too much about it, so I thought I would take a closer look. In 2016, lawyers […]

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What is a Record Suspension (formally known as a Pardon)?

Having a criminal record can make someone feel like a chained prisoner. It can affect employment opportunities and travel to foreign countries. A record suspension, previously known as a pardon, allows individuals convicted of a criminal offence that have shown themselves to be law-abiding citizens to have their criminal record […]

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