Domestic assault charges are life-altering events. In the blink of an eye, long-term partners are separated; houses vacated; husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend are prohibited from talking; and, if one is especially unlucky, children might be involved – resulting in supervision or even seizures by the CAS or other child welfare agency. And that’s just the beginning. Domestic charges have a way, not only of placing a barrier between partners, but of creating massive dif
If someone you know has been arrested and held for a bail hearing, there's a good chance they’ll need a "surety" to secure their release. Who, or what is a surety? What are their powers and responsibilities? What are their obligations to the court? And what risk, if any, do they undertake when they agree to become a surety? In this article I discuss some of the basic aspects of a surety's role. We'll discuss when and why they are required; what they can be expected to do or s
The federal government has recently tabled new legislation that could dramatically affect the way criminal offences are prosecuted in Canada. The proposed Bill C-75 would introduce sweeping amendments to the Criminal Code aimed at improving the efficiency of the criminal justice system and reducing the impact of increasing court delays. Several of the suggested reforms are further designed to address the over-representation of indigenous persons and vulnerable populations (e.