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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.
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January 14, 2023
Bill S-4 amending various provisions relating to COVID, including the use of remote proceedings, came into force.
January 1, 2023
The Criminal Law Notebook is among several winners of the 2022 Clawbies!
December 15, 2022
Two new offences relating to trafficking in human organs came into force.
November 17, 2022
Amendments come into force that removes minimum jail sentences for various firearms, weapons and drug trafficking-related offences and expands conditional sentence eligibility to include most previously ineligible offences. It also introduced Part I.1 to the CDSA, which directs police and Crown to consider non-criminal options for all drug possession offences.
October 28, 2022
Supreme Court of Canada in R v Ndhlovu, 2022 SCC 38 (CanLII), per Karakatsanis and Martin JJ strikes down the provisions requiring offenders convicted of multiple sexual offences to be put on the sexual offender registry for life. The law violated s. 7 of the Charter for being "overbroad".
June 30, 2022
Supreme Court of Canada in R v JJ, 2022 SCC 28 (CanLII), per Wagner CJ and Moldaver J upholds the constitutionality of the statutory protections to complainants' personal information found in s. 278.92 to 278.94 of the Code.
June 23, 2022
Amendments coming into force rewriting s. 33.1 of the Code concerning the extreme intoxication defence for certain violent offences.
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