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

This site provides a review of a variety topics in Canadian criminal law. It is intended as a reference for those seeking to better understand technical elements of the law. 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 already have a knowledge of criminal law.

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

Please feel free to contact the author, Peter Dostal, LLB, at with any comments or feedback.

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January 1, 2017

Happy 2017! In 2016 this website has experienced a significant increase in internet traffic. It's now averaging about 34,000 pageviews a month.

July 8, 2016

The Supreme Court releases R v Jordan, 2016 SCC 27 (CanLII), that sets out a new framework for determining whether an accused's Charter right to a trial within reasonable time under s. 11(b) has been violated.

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