CBC Interview – Police Use of Force: where is the line?

From CBC News North

A Northern lawyer with a long history defending accused people in Nunavut and the N.W.T. says training and experience are two factors that could help prevent cases of excessive force by police.

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I Have A New Question On My Intake Form

Circuit Court Workhorse


Circuit Courts fly into a community, dispense justice and fly out.  Criminal lawyers who do circuit work face serious challenges in making sure that their clients get proper assistance.  Time pressures sometimes make for client meetings that are rushed and it is always important to record as much detail about the client for my own purposes and for the lawyer who may next have the file.  I am not the only lawyer to use an intake form to make sure I cover all the bases.


Wally and Stevie claimed that Billy kicked in their door and struck both of them with a stick from a tree. Stevie ended up with a head injury that required 5 stitches to close. Wally and Stevie both gave statements to police; they said that they kicked Billy out of their house for being drunk and obnoxious following which he returned, kicked in the door and then hit Stevie with a stick.  When he went to Stevie’s assistance, Wally got hit with the same stick.


My client is Billy.  He has no phone so I could not speak to him before I flew into the community to defend him at the trial scheduled to take place during the two-day circuit.

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Lawdawg Radio Column transcripts 2011


02 Mens rea Actus reus

03 police powers on arrest

04 Police power to keep peace

05 a Police powers to investigate crime

05 c Police powers to investigate crime

06 arrrest charge conviction

07 more about warrants

08 release post arrest

09 Lawyers

10 What happens I meet my lawyer 1

11 What happens I meet my lawyer 2

12 What happens when you plead guilty

13 What happens when you plead not guilty

14 Trial by jury

15 How do Circuit Courts work

16 What do Courtworkers do

17 Lawyers in Criminal Court

18 Court Orders

19a Assault

19b sexual assaults

19c more on Assault

20 Crime rates and judicial resources

21 Anonymous tips

22 Administration of Justice Offences

24 what dont I have to do

25 what happens when you get sentenced

27a Section 8 of the Charter part 1

27b Section 8 of the Charter part 2

28 Section 9 of the Charter

29 Section 10 of the Charter

30a Section 11 of the Charter part 1

30b Section 11 of the Charter Part 2

31 Section 12 32 a Capital Punishment

32 b Capital Punishment

33 Capital Punishment in Canada