Category Archives: Criminal law

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Tara George: on the front line helping clients at LAO for 22 years and counting

I was 17 when I started with LAO as a co-op student— my high school counsellor told me I could get four credits for a semester.

I’d always known I wanted to do something in the legal field, but I didn’t give it much more thought than that. Then, that May, just before I graduated from high school, I was offered a position at LAO as support staff. I decided to wait a year before college and see what LAO had to offer.

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What the federal government can do to reduce delays in Canada’s criminal justice system

On February 25, 2016, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) CEO David Field spoke to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. His contribution was part of a national discussion, hosted by the Senate, on delays in Canada’s criminal justice system. Here is a summary of David’s recommendations (Part 2 of 2)

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Eight factors that contribute to delays in Canada’s criminal justice system

On February 25, 2016, Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) CEO David Field spoke to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. His contribution was part of a national discussion, hosted by the Senate, on delays in Canada’s criminal justice system. Here is a summary of David’s views about the problem (Part 1 of 2)

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Restorative Justice Week

Ever since its inception in November 1996, Restorative Justice Week allows Canadians involved in a crime or conflict to learn more about restorative justice. This approach to justice focuses on providing everyone involved in a crime or conflict an active role in repairing the harm caused and moving towards healing and a sense of closure. […]

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John Artis, wrongly convicted: What is a day of your life worth?

Oct. 2 of this year will be the second annual Wrongful Conviction Day, which honours the wrongly convicted and raises awareness about what leads to wrongful convictions. John Artis was charged alongside Rubin Hurricane Carter in 1966 with the murder of three white men in Patterson, New Jersey. n 1981, after spending 15 years in prison, Mr. Artis was released. Charges were dismissed in 1985 after the pair was successfully granted a Writ of Habeas Corpus which was upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

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Legal aid for criminal law matters in Ontario: moving beyond the “loss of liberty” test

In consultations with justice partners and LAO’s advisory committees, Legal Aid Ontario heard again and again about the need to expand criminal certificates beyond the “loss of liberty” test — largely because the impact of criminal conviction is much greater now than in recent years. Nye Thomas is LAO’s Director General, Policy and Strategic Research. Nye has been leading LAO’s financial eligibility project.