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Ontario Court of Appeal rules intoxication a defence to arson

  • June 15, 2014
  • Ian Carter

People put themselves at the risk of setting more than they planned on fire every time they turn on the stove or light a candle, especially if they do it while drunk. And when things do go up in smoke, the question is: was it arson?

Criminal Justice

The SCC and Gladue: Fifteen years later, what progress?

  • April 15, 2014
  • C.C. Barnett and B. William Sundhu

When the SCC handed down its Gladue decision in 1999 it intended to right a wrong: the long-standing lack of regard for the essential differences between the lived experience of Aboriginal Peoples and those of people from other backgrounds.

Criminal Justice

How to conduct an effective oral argument in a court of appeal

  • April 15, 2014
  • James Gumpert, Q.C.

An appeal court is a whole different ball of wax for trial lawyers, Gumpert says. It’s all about establishing a conversation with the panel judges – so don’t plan for your argument to take up all your allotted time.

Criminal Justice