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The Criminal Law Notebook,
a free resource of Canadian criminal law written by Peter Dostal.
1147 articles

Search and Seizure
Procedure and Practice

The 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.

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The articles are divided into five core categories:

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List of Criminal Code Amendments | Criminal Code Table of Concordance | List of Offences by Penalty | Definitions | Criminal Code Forms | Precedents, Court Forms and Checklists | Rules of Court | Glossary | Crime Statistics | Court Composition

Full Content by Volume (very large pages)
Vol 1 - Criminal Law Vol 1.1 - Offence Profiles (A to J)
Vol 2 - Evidence Vol 3 - Search and Seizure
Vol 4 - Procedure (A to E) Vol 5 - Sentencing
Vol 6 - Case Digests (A to C) Vol 7 - Reference Materials


May 8, 2020

Feature Update: Quotations from most legislation now include an option to note up the provision on CanLII.

May 1, 2020

Government adds to Regulation SOR/98-462 deeming a list of over 1,000 firearms to be prohibited.

December 18, 2019

The last portion of bill C-75 is now in force. It includes major changes to the detention and release provisions.

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]

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