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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 reviews a variety of 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. 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. If there are specific errors in an article you can comment in the "Discussion" tab of the article.

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April 20, 2017

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

February 29, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada releases court case statistics from 2006 to 2016. Over that period of time 41% of appeals heard were criminal cases.

February 21, 2017

Statistics Canada udpates national criminal case statistics. It includes information such as the frequency of convictions, frequency of penalties, and length of time to complete cases.

January 1, 2017

Happy 2017! This website is now averaging about 34,000 pageviews a month. An impressive increase from previous years.

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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