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  • R. v. Sullivan, R. v. Chan and R v. Brown.

    Today, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in R. v. Sullivan, R. v. Chan and R v. Brown. The Court concluded that section 33.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada which says self-induced intoxication cannot be used as a legal defence is unconstitutional. At the heart of the Supreme Court’s ruling is a concern that a legally innocent person could be […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in Uncategorized on May 13th, 2022

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  • The CLA Women’s Committee wants to support our members and assist them in managing the negative impacts of the new Omicron wave.

    The CLA Women’s Committee wants to support our members and assist them in managing the negative impacts of the new Omicron wave. Things are changing rapidly daily as many more individuals are becoming infected. We are here for you. As the Omicron spread continues, changes have been made regarding the measures governments have taken to address […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in Uncategorized on January 3rd, 2022

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  • FEDERAL COURT POST BAIL CASE MANAGEMENT PROCESS

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    Posted by John Chagnon in Uncategorized on November 28th, 2019

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  • The Honourable David Watt Awarded the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for 2022 by the Criminal Lawyers’ Association

    Toronto, ON, August 10, 2022 – The Criminal Lawyers’ Association commemorates the extraordinary lifetime contribution to the administration of justice of The Honourable David Watt.  Universally regarded as a pre-eminent criminal law authority in Canada, David Watt’s contribution is vast.  Over 50 years, he has left his mark on the administration of justice through his […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in News on August 10th, 2022

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  • Statement on arrest of defence lawyer Caryma Sa’d

    On Thursday, May 26, 2022, defence lawyer Caryma Sa’d was arrested outside a rally for Doug Ford, and charged with trespassing under the Trespass to Property Act. For those unfamiliar with Caryma’s work over the last two years, she has been attending political events as an observer, and capturing recordings of the events. Her own take of […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in News on May 30th, 2022

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  • 2022 CLA Mentorship program – now accepting applications for interested mentors and mentees

    Open to Full/Active CLA members only Application deadline is March 31, 2022 For the period of May 1 – November 30, 2022, recent calls (new to 5 years) will be paired with seasoned CLA members. Mentors will be assigned or matched up by the mentoring committee. During the mentorship period, mentors and mentees will meet virtually, at […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in News on March 14th, 2022

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  • Statement from the CLA Executive on the invocation of the Federal Emergencies Act

    A criminal defence lawyer’s responsibility is to uphold constitutional rights and protect the public from unnecessary state intrusions. We do not condone criminal activity or support those who engage in such reprehensible conduct, regardless of the cause.The Criminal Lawyers’ Association stands for democracy, the rule of law and civil liberties. The right to peaceful protest […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in News on February 21st, 2022

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  • Call for Applicants: For The Defence Co-Editor

    Term: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024 Position Description: Two co-editors are required as editors for CLA’s magazine, For The Defence. The terms are two years, with terms expiring on alternating years. The role of the co-editors shall include: Coordinating production of the Newsletter with Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business. Coordinating writers to ensure […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in News on February 14th, 2022

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  • The Criminal Lawyers’ Association stands with the freelance Court Interpreters of Ontario in their demands for fair treatment.

    The Criminal Lawyers’ Association stands with the freelance Court Interpreters of Ontario in their demands for fair treatment. While protests outside the Courthouses have occurred and some press attention has resulted this is a critical issue to the administration of justice in Ontario which must be addressed. Interpreters are an integral part of our justice […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in News on February 9th, 2022

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  • Accepting CLA Mental Health Committee member applications

    Submit by Monday, February 8, 2022. Open to all Active or Observer CLA members with a passion specific to mental health issues in the Criminal Justice System. There are up to 15 committee member spaces available. Submissions will be reviewed with all applicants being contacted once the reviews have been completed. Note, reviews will be completed […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in News on January 31st, 2022

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  • Accepting CLA Accessibility Committee member applications

    Submit by Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Open to all CLA members (student, active, observer and affiliate) with a passion to foster and promote opportunities for people with disabilities in criminal law. There are up to 15 committee member spaces available. Submissions will be reviewed with all applicants being contacted once the reviews have been completed. Note, […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in News on January 21st, 2022

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  • Call to Action-CLA Women’s Committee

    Message from CLA Women's Co-directors: Michelle Johal and Stephanie DiGiuseppe [...]
    Posted by John Chagnon in News on January 11th, 2022

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