Relitigation in Criminal Law

You may have seen the movie “Double Jeopardy” about an accused and a murder. There is a very old principle of criminal law that an accused may not be charged twice for the same offence because that would place the accused in jeopardy twice. Since about 1900 in Canada,...

Identity Theft

I was recently told a story about identity theft. My friend was sitting in his office in Haliburton one day, and unknown to him, his charge card was being used in Hamilton at a sporting goods store to purchase over $4,500 of sporting goods. He went to Toronto the next...

Sentencing in Criminal Law

Punishment for crimes committed, of course, goes back millennia. The biblical phrase “an eye for an eye” readily comes to mind. In Canada, the criminal law, including the law of sentencing, derives almost entirely from the Criminal Code which was first enacted in...