Criminal Law Blog

Brad Smith’s Criminal Law Blog focuses on cases and topics of interest to individuals or organizations under investigation or facing criminal charges.

2603, 2017

Sometimes no news is good news

At the risk of making you hungry, I want to talk about cake. Picture a thin layer of icing covering a fluffy filling. In a criminal case, the icing is the stuff that goes to [...]

2302, 2017

Who you gonna call?

I wouldn’t say I was happy when the police called me at 3 a.m., but I was definitely prepared. One of my clients had been arrested and needed criminal law advice. I was really glad [...]

2301, 2016

Getting off on a “technicality”

Critics of Canadian criminal law sometimes complain about people getting off on a "technicality.” Usually the so-called “technicality” is that the police violated an accused person’s Charter rights. The prosecution often can’t use evidence that [...]

1408, 2014

Police Note Taking: Part 3 of 3

This is the third of three posts about police note taking. In this, Part 3, I discuss the effect sloppy police note taking can have on the outcome of a criminal trial. The trial of the police [...]

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