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The Canadian Criminal Law Notebook,
a free resource of Canadian criminal law written by Peter Dostal.
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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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September 19, 2019

A large portion of bill C-75 is now in force, including removal of preliminary inquiries for certain indictable offences.

June 21, 2019

Bill C-75 given royal asset. This bill adopts the Antic decision broadening bail, reduces the amount of court order breach prosecutions, removes pre-emptory challenges in jury trials, expands penalty for summary election offences, removes preliminary inquiry on certain eligible offences, removes certain unconstitutional provisions, and other changes. Most provisions come into force 90 and 180 days later. [1]

December 18, 2018

Bill C-46 on "Conveyances" affecting Criminal Code offences relating to driving, including drug impairment, has now come into force.

December 14, 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada in R v Boudreault, 2018 SCC 58 (CanLII), per Martin J, finds mandatory imposition of victim fine surcharges on persons convicted of crime was found invalid as "cruel and unusual" punishment.

December 13, 2018

An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act has come into force. It removes and modifies numerous provisions of the Code, including unconstitutional provisions, sexual assault provisions, and some rules of evidence.

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.

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