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Criminal Law Resources

LEGAL RESOURCES
Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms
Criminal Code of Canada
Youth Criminal Justice Act

Government of Ontario's e-Laws
LSUC’s Rules of Professional Conduct
Ontario Courts
Supreme Court of Canada
Meehan's Supreme Court L@wletter
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLii)
Duhaime’s Criminal Law Resources
Queen’s Legal Research Manual
Community legal clinics
Government of Canada's "Tackling Crime"

LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS
Legal Aid Ontario
Pardons Canada
Law Society of Upper Canada
Criminal Lawyers’ Association
Ontario Bar Association
Office of the Independent Police Review Director
Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
John Howard Society of Ontario
Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto
Justice for Children and Youth
Correctional Service Canada
Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Department of Justice Canada
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada

LAWYERS
Joven Narwal Law Corporation (Vancouver - Criminal)
I. Loui Dallas (Toronto - Criminal)
Rusonik, O'Connor, Ross, Gorham & Angelini LLP (Toronto - Criminal)
Daniel Brown (Toronto - Criminal)
Jeffrey F. Mazin (Toronto - Criminal)
Christie Law Office (Toronto - Criminal)



LEGAL RESOURCES

The Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms protects individual rights against the government, including the police. All state actions and laws must be consistent with the Charter.

The Canadian Criminal Code sets out all offences for which an individual in Canada may be charged, including the range of possible sentences for each crime, as well as various criminal procedures.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act replaced the old Young Offenders Act and covers offences by minors in Canada.

The Ontario government’s e-Laws website provides the full updated text of all provincial statutes and regulations, such as the Highway Traffic Act and the Human Rights Act.

The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Rules of Professional Conduct regulate the conduct of Ontario lawyers in their dealings with other lawyers, the justice system, clients, and other parties.

The Ontario Courts website provides links to the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA), the Superior Court of Justice (SCJ), and the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ, sometimes known as “provincial court”).

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) is the country’s highest appeal court, handling all types of appeals from across Canada and binding all lower courts. The SCC’s website includes a comprehensive database of the Court’s decisions.

Eugene Meehan's Supreme Court L@wLetter offers subscribers prompt and complete email updates on activity at Canada's highest court, including SCC decisions on cases and leave applications.


The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLii) offers a free database of federal and provincial statutes and regulations, as well as judicial decisions, covering all areas of Canadian law.

Duhaime’s Criminal Law Resources
provides straightforward information on Canadian criminal law, including a criminal law dictionary.

Queen’s Law School Legal Research Manual is designed for first year law students, but provides an excellent introduction to legal research for anyone.

Tackling Crime is a federal government website which provides updates on initiatives and efforts to combat crime across Canada.



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LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) provides financial and other support to eligible persons who cannot afford a lawyer. In criminal cases, LAO provides support to youth and those facing more serious charges. LAO also provides assistance through duty counsel, while its website offers an extensive list of Ontario's community legal clinics, which provide
the public with basic legal services in various areas of the law.

Pardons Canada
helps individuals who have been convicted of a criminal offence in Canada clear that information from the public record after a certain period of time has elapsed.

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) is responsible for licensing and regulating lawyers and paralegals across Ontario. It handles complaints from the public regarding the conduct of lawyers.

The Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) is an organization that acts as the voice of the criminal defence bar in Canada. It advocates strongly for civil liberties and criminal justice.

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) is a branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and advocates for and helps to continually educate its approximately 17,000 members, which include lawyers, judges, law professors and students.

The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) responds to public complaints concerning the conduct of police across Ontario.

The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is a non-profit non-governmental organization based in Toronto, which is dedicated to promoting and protecting civil liberties and human rights through research, advocacy and education.

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Vancouver that rallies against civil and human rights violations.

The John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) is one of many JHS branches across Canada. John Howard Society promotes citizen awareness about crime and its causes, the fair and humane treatment of all incarcerated persons, and assists with the effective reintegration of those who have been incarcerated.

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST)
was formed to strengthen the capacity of the Aboriginal community and its citizens to deals with justice issues and provide Aboriginal controlled and culturally-based justice alternatives.


Based in Toronto, Justice for Children & Youth (JFCY) is a non-profit legal aid clinic which provides select legal representation to low-income children and youth in Toronto and vicinity.

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more, as imposed by the courts.

Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services houses sentenced offenders typically serving periods of incarceration from 60 days to a maximum of two years less a day.

Canada’s Department of Justice (DoJ) oversees all matters relating to the administration of justice that fall within the federal domain, including the prosecution of many illegal drug offences.

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General (AG) is responsible for conducting most criminal proceedings throughout Ontario.

The Office of the Correctional Investigator deals with individual offender complaints, and reports on systemic issues with federal corrections. The Office is currently headed by Howard Sapers.

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LAWYERS

Joven Narwal Law Corporation is a Vancouver law firm devoted exclusively to the representation of those charged with criminal offences.

I. Loui Dallas is a former inner-city Toronto teacher, now practicing criminal law in southern Ontario. Dallas' motto is "I represent."

Formerly Pinkofskys', Rusonik, O'Connor, Ross, Gorham & Angelini is Canada's largest criminal defence firm, based in Toronto, and handles all criminal law matters, including appeals.

Toronto criminal lawyer Dan Brown is an experienced litigator who has appeared as counsel in hundreds of trials, ranging from large-scale frauds to murders.

Jeffrey F. Mazin, called to the bar in both British Columbia and Ontario, is a Toronto lawyer who represents individuals charged with a wide variety of criminal offences.

John Christie is an experienced criminal lawyer representing accused persons in and around Toronto.

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