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The Canadian Criminal Law Notebook,
a free resource of Canadian criminal law.
943 articles

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The Canadian Criminal Law Notebook

This site reviews a variety of topics in Canadian criminal law. It is intended to be used as a reference for those seeking to understand technical elements of the law better. It will be particularly useful to practitioners, police officers and law students who need a convenient way to look up legislation, principles, and case law. Citations include links to CanLII whenever possible. The reader is assumed to have prior knowledge of criminal law.

To learn more about this project, read the About The Criminal Law Notebook page.

Please feel free to contact the author, Peter Dostal, LLB, at with any comments. You can also make requests for what you would like to see covered in more detail by posting anonymously on the feedback page, but please, no posting about the circumstance of your active cases.

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October 10, 2018

The "Discussion" tabs for each article can now be editted anonymously. Any constructive feedback on articles would be appreciated.

June 21, 2018

Bills C-45 and C-46 are given royal assent relating to marijuana decriminalization and new offences relating to drug impaired driving. Most provisions will not come into force until October and December 2018.

January 1, 2018

Happy 2018, everyone! Thanks too to those who have provided feedback and support.

December 8, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada releases R v Marakah, 2017 SCC 59 (CanLII) extending privacy rights to communications when found on a recipient's electronic device.

October 8, 2017

Search results now sourced by Google, making for much easier access to relevant articles.

June 14, 2017

Senate Releases their report, "Justice Delayed is Justice Denied" on court delays in criminal matters.

April 20, 2017

The comment function in the "Discussion" tab of each article is now available for reporting errors. Unrelated postings will be deleted.

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