Ten Minutes on the Offence of “Hit and Run”

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In this video blog I explore a recent decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal and its findings on section 252 – the “hit and run” section of the Criminal Code. This blog ultimately implores the federal government to reform the Code, as this section is just one of many suffering from some troublesome drafting.

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Twenty Minutes on the Burden of Tendering Admissions When Identity is Disputed

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Tendering admissions made by the defendant in a criminal case is easy – except when there is reason to dispute whether it was the defendant who actually made the statement. Then things can get complicated in a hurry. This Video Blog attempts to sift through some contradictory jurisprudence and provide a framework for admitting statements in these situations.

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Ten Minutes on Pre-Trial Appeals in Criminal Cases

In this video blog, I examine a controversial topic: whether Canada should create a system of pre-trial appeals in criminal cases. I draw upon the New Zealand model as an inspiration and conclude that there are enough benefits to this system that it warrants much greater scrutiny in future as, if nothing else, a cost saving measure. Continue reading Ten Minutes on Pre-Trial Appeals in Criminal Cases

Fifteen Minutes on R v HB: The Distinction Between Expert and Non-Expert Opinion

In this video blog, I examine the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in R v HB, 2016 ONCA 953 which explores the distinction between expert and non-expert opinion evidence. This distinction, which isn’t always treated with the care it deserves, is extremely important. This blog explains what the problem is, and how it should be resolved.

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