Legal Advice

Once again – women in the NWT travel second class

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Yellowknife under a full moon

 

NWT Supreme Court Justice Louise Charbonneau wasted her time making a “strong recommendation” that Beverly Villeneuve be permitted to serve her sentence in the NWT.  And the reason is that the NWT doesn’t care about women enough to make it happen.

 

The GNWT had to be embarrassed into providing proper arrangements for female prisoners on remand in Yellowknife.  Now, once again, it is clear that women come second.

 

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What does successful jury address look like?

Mountains west of the Delta

My guy (whose name has been changed to protect the innocent) was acquitted of sexual assault after trial by Jury. You can read about the result here.

 

But why was he acquitted?  What about the case was so weak that he did not even have to testify before the Jury?  The fact that someone said “he did it” doesn’t make it true.

 

Here are my jury address notes:

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Defence Evidence – to call or not to call; a case of Private Stock

One of the decisions that an accused has to make at the conclusion of the Crown’s case is whether to call evidence or not.

 

I recently acted for an individual with a severe hearing problem.  He was charged with bootlegging mickey bottles of Private Stock.

 

He wrote his questions and answers on a little pad of paper that he always kept with him and I used my laptop.

 

At the conclusion of the process, I ended up with my side of a dialogue about the circumstances in which an accused may elect not to testify or call evidence – it is an issue that comes up frequently, so I thought I would post it:

 

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Lawdawg in News North 2015

 

01 When can the police arrest you and what happens when they do

02 Dont run away

03 Release

04 More bad news on the legal front for the CPC part 1

05 More bad news on the legal front for the CPC part 2

06 more on release

07 Bail hearings

08 Bail hearings

09 Bail hearings

09 Sureties I

10 Peace bonds

11 Sureties II

12 There is a stranger in my bed

13 You didn’t get released

 

CBC Interview – When the Police knock on your door

A CBC investigation into a complaint regarding an RCMP officer lying to Social Services in order to gain entry to a private home led to the question – when can the police legally enter your home (and what happens when they do)?

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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Lawdawg Radio Column Transcripts 2012

01 Important Cases

02 What happens I meet my lawyer 1

03 What happens I meet my lawyer 2

04 Talk Day – mental health courts

06 The CEP

07 Whale Law

08 Suing people

09 Appeals – a brief detour 1

10 Appeals – a brief detour 2

11 Appeals – a final brief detour

12 suing people for child support part 1

13 suing people for child support part 2

14 Suing people Tort law part 1

15 Suing people Tort law part 2

16 Suing people Tort law part 3

17 Summary – Suing people Tort law

18 more on suing people – a review of child support law

19 a review of child support law part 2

20 Suing doctors and lawyers

21 the lawdawg on facebook

22 Questions about police officers

23 NTI v Canada

24 Crime – Parties and Accessories

25 Drinking and Driving Part 1

26 Drinking and Driving part 2

27 So I hear that we are still not going to talk about NTI and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement

28 the lawdawg on lawyers

29 the 3 am call to get released

30 Sentencing offenders

31 What you should and shouldnt say Part 1

32 What you should and shouldnt say part 2

33 What you should and shouldnt say part 3

34 What you should and shouldnt say part 4

35 What you should and shouldnt say part 5

36 Nunavut’s crime rates

37 Domestic Violence 1

38 Domestic Violence 1.5

39 Domestic Violence 2

40 Domestic Violence 3

41 Domestic Violence 4

42 Domestic Violence 5

43 Court based solutions to domestic violence

45 judges jobs

46 All about Arrest

47 Justice and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

48 Truth in sentencing Part 1

49 Truth in sentencing part 2

50 Does Spirit Matters matter

51 Spirit Matters in Nunavut

Lawyer jokes for the new year

 

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

Lawdawg Radio Column transcripts 2010

01 Arrest

02 Release

03 Arrrest charge conviction

04 Lawyers

06 What happens I meet my lawyer 1

07 What happens I meet my lawyer 2

08 What happens when you plead guilty

09 What happens when you get sentenced

11 Why do people get punished for breaking the law

12 What happens in a jury trial

13 What do judges do

15 What do Courtworkers do

16 Court Orders

18a Assault

18b sex assault

19 Section 7 of the Charter

22 Anonymous tips

23 Section 9 of the Charter

24 Section 10 of the Charter

25 Court Orders

26 section 10 and the Big Mac

27 Parties and Accessories

Christmas laws

Section 1 of the Charter

Section 12 of the Charter

Section 15 of the Charter