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News

  • 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 14, 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 21, 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 14, 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 9, 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 31, 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 21, 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 11, 2022

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  • Accepting CLA Recent Call Committee member applications

    Submit by Monday, January 17, 2022. Open to all CLA Junior or Senior Active members call to the bar between 2016 and 2021. 15 committee member spaces are available. Submissions will be reviewed with all applicants being contacted once the reviews have been completed. Note, reviews will be completed as soon as possible.

    Posted by John Chagnon in News on January 6, 2022

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  • Censoring of a defence counsel

    The CLA condemns the TDSB’s irresponsible and ignorant position in refusing to promote the “A Room of Your Own” book club event featuring defence counsel Marie Henein’s memoire, Nothing But The Truth. The TDSB should be eager to educate students on the important work criminal defence lawyers do and our critical role in a constitutional […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in News on November 12, 2021

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  • Judge-Led Intensive Case Management Court (JICMC) Certificate system

    The “guilty plea certificate” The CLA stands firmly against the new Judge-Led Intensive Case Management Court (JICMC) Certificate system designed to incentivize guilty pleas among unrepresented individuals. The CLA strongly urges its members to refuse to accept these “guilty plea certificates” out of concern for our members’ own professional liability, civil liability, and for ethical […]

    Posted by John Chagnon in Articles, News on October 26, 2021

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