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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.

The site has become a leading source of free online information for criminal law with more than 1.5 million pageviews 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. You can also DM me at @CrimLawNotebook on Twitter for article or topic requests.

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Full Content by Volume
Vol 1 - Criminal Law (A to E) Vol 1.1 - Offence Profiles (A to J) Vol 8 - Court Membership
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


July 7 to 14, 2024

I have migrated the site to a new server. It has caused some problems that I believe are now finally all resolved. Please be patient if anything more comes up in the next few days.

March 1, 2024

Supreme Court of Canada in R v Bykovets, 2024 SCC 6 (CanLII), per Martin J (5:4) finds that IP addresses are protected by a reasonable expectation of privacy and its seizure by police can be protected under s. 8 of the Charter.

January 4, 2024

Bill C-48, amending various bail provisions, came into force.

December 15, 2023

Amendments come into force that modify various parts of the Code concerning firearms.

October 26, 2023

Amendments come into force that change publication ban rules and update SOIRA provisions in light of R v Ndhlovu, 2022 SCC 38.

June 20, 2023

Amendments come into force that create an authorization scheme to permit the government to deliver property and services to the benefit of terrorist groups.

April 1, 2023

The name of the inferior court of Alberta changes from Provincial Court of Alberta to Alberta Court of Justice. [1]

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!

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