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The Criminal Law Notebook,
a free resource of Canadian criminal law written by Peter Dostal.
1242 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.

Recently the site has become a leading source of free online information for criminal law with more than 1.5 million page views each year.

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:

Case Digests

You can also browse by case digest topic.

Other Articles

List of Criminal Code Amendments | Criminal Code Table of Concordance | Offences by Penalty | Offences by Category | 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 (A to E) Vol 1.1 - Offence Profiles (A to J) Vol 8 - Court Composition
Vol 2 - Evidence (A to B) Vol 3 - Search and Seizure (A to E)
Vol 4 - Procedure (A to E) Vol 5 - Sentencing
Vol 6 - Case Digests (A to C) Vol 7 - Reference Materials


January 7, 2022

Amendments creating new offences relating to conversion therapy came into force.

May 6, 2021

An amendment, adding s. 278.98 to the Criminal Code, came into force.

April 8, 2021

Feature Update: Look up offences quickly using the "Quick Access" link on the Navigation sidebar.

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.

April 2, 2020

Supreme Court of Canada releases R v Friesen, 2020 SCC 9 (CanLII), per Wagner C.J. and Rowe J that provides detailed guidance on sentencing for child sexual offence including the need to increase penalties.

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