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National debate on marijuana heats up

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Possession on Thursday August 29, 2013.

Under current law, it is illegal to have marijuana on one's person, but it remains to be seen if the marijuana laws will remain the same for much longer. There are many people in Toronto who have tried marijuana, and that includes current mayor Rob Ford and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Though not a Torontonian, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, has also smoked marijuana and is currently...
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Ontario minister allows all police officers to carry Tasers

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Tuesday August 27, 2013.

Many people in Toronto have heard of the untimely death of an 18-year-old boy on a Toronto streetcar late last month. The young man's death was shocking, in part because police officer fired nine bullets at the teenager before using a Taser gun on him. Hopefully, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur's recent announcement that all police officers in Toronto can now carry Tasers will prevent these kinds...
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Canada Border Services Agency finds cocaine in truck’s paneling

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Saturday August 24, 2013.

In order for someone to be found guilty of a crime in Toronto, there must be clear evidence that removes any doubt that the defendant did what was charged. If there isn't, he or she cannot be convicted and should be released from custody. For many crimes in Canada, defendants must also know that they are doing something wrong. In this story, a 61-year-old man may argue that he was...
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Ontario teenager stopped for driving too slowly

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drunk Driving on Thursday August 22, 2013.

In a recent arrest by Lakeshore Ontario Provincial Police, an 18-year-old from Merlin was stopped by police for driving nearly 35 km/h under the speed limit, although he was eventually arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. According to reports, the teenager had a blood alcohol content in excess of 80 milligrams. The charges are serious, especially for someone so young, and the teenager will appear in a Windsor court in...
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Sudbury doctor taken into custody for sexual assault

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Tuesday August 20, 2013.

A doctor from Sudbury was convicted of sexual assault after the Superior Court justice said that the complainant's evidence was "entirely plausible" and the evidence met the burden of proof. The alleged victim of the sexual assault had contact with the doctor from June 5, 2008, to May 8, 2009, at his clinic. The investigation of the doctor began after a complaint was lodged against him. The alleged victim said that she...
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Three facing charges for allegedly growing marijuana

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in drug charges on Saturday August 17, 2013.

Bancroft Ontario Provincial Police took three people who are believed to be involved in a marijuana-growing enterprise into custody. The three individuals are now facing drug charges for their alleged involvement in the crime. Bancroft police found 163 marijuana plants in Limerick Township in a bush area, part of rural Bancroft. The discovery occurred after they received a report regarding a suspicious vehicle that was spotted in the area. The Ontario Provincial...
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Carlow drug bust leads to two arrests

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in drug charges on Friday August 16, 2013.

A traffic stop west of Carlow resulted in two men facing various charges. Officers from Huron County Ontario Provincial Police stopped the vehicle, determined that one of the men was being sought already and took both men into custody after finding marijuana in the vehicle. The officers stopped a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck on Blyth Road after 11 p.m. During the stop, officers talked with the two men in the vehicle....
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Elderly Ontario priest charged with sexual assault

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday August 05, 2013.

Residents of Toronto may be interested to know that a 72-year-old priest was charged with sexual assault and gross indecency last week. The Arnprior, Ontario, priest had a 37-year career, serving as parishioners in Westmeath, La Passe, Braeside, and Sheenboro. He had retired eight years ago from Our Lady of Lourdes Church due to coronary artery disease. The alleged sexual assault occurred while the priest was serving in Pembroke, Ontario, at Holy...
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Ontario woman arrested for domestic assault released

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Domestic Violence on Friday August 02, 2013.

A 31-year-old woman from Wawa pleaded guilty to eight offences involving domestic violence toward the father of one of her children. Although the recommendation after her arrest for domestic assault was to receive a 90-day jail sentence, the judge allowed her to have a 75-day conditional sentence due to extenuating circumstances. The woman faced charges for dangerous driving, assault and breaching probation and other court orders. According to court documentation, the woman...
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CONTACT INFORMATION

1392 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON M6C 2E4
Fax (416) 364-3271

COVID-19 UPDATE

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Tuesday March 17, 2020.

At Neuberger and Partners, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have implemented safety measures to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. Our priority is and always will be the health, well-being and safety of our staff, clients and colleagues.

We have put in place various measures to prevent and minimize the impact of COVID-19:

  • In addition to standard hand-washing habits, our staff are washing hands before and after every client interaction;
  • All individuals entering our office will be required to use our hand sanitizer to ensure the safety of our other clients and staff;
  • Regular disinfecting of our offices, public areas, meeting rooms and board rooms as well as increasing the frequency of disinfection of higher-traffic surface areas;
  • If a lawyer or client who has a scheduled meeting is feeling unwell, they will be strongly encouraged to stay home;
  • For the time being, we will avoid greeting clients and colleagues with our usual handshakes;
  • We will make every effort to ensure our firm will be stocked up with extra tissue and alcohol-based hand sanitizer; and
  • We will monitor and stay informed from the Government of Canada and World Health Organization for facts as they become available. We will ensure all staff and team members are educated on symptoms and are well informed on prevention and best practices.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will the firm still run if there are closures?

  • We are committed to assisting our clients. We remain open to assist our clients at this time (following aforementioned standards for health and safety). For clients who wish to communicate with our firm virtually, we have the technology for virtual meetings and are able to respond to the needs of our clients in a manner best to protect our staff and clients’ health.

Are staff and lawyers set up to work virtually?

  • All lawyers and staff are set up to work virtually and continue to assist clients and one another remotely. All lawyers are available via telephone, email and virtual video conferencing.

What is the court situation? How will we deal with court closures?

  • At this time, the Superior Court of Justice is closed from March 17, 2020 to June 1, 2020 – unless a judge orders otherwise.
    If you have a March matter, your matter will be postponed to June 2, 2020.
    April matters will be postponed to June 3, 2020 and May matters will be pushed to June 4, 2020.
  • Similarly, the Ontario Court of Justice will be closed for 10 weeks for all out of custody matters in criminal practice court. In custody matters will still be addressed. It is unclear if out of custody matters such as trials or preliminary hearings will continue since the courts have left this decision to the discretion of the judges. However, Bail courts will remain open for the time being.
  • The Court of Appeal for Ontario has suspended all scheduled appeals until April 3, 2020. But we are still able to file materials and apply for urgent appeals to be heard.
  • We will advise clients by email of their next Court date.

How can payments be made?

  • Payments can be made via e-transfer and visa payments can be made over the phone.

If I have to deliver something to my lawyer, how shall I go about it?

  • For clients who wish to drop off documents but do not wish to come in contact with any one at the firm, you are encouraged to drop them off in our mail slot in front of our office.

We will be open and available for any questions, comments or concerns. Please call (416) 364-3111 for any further information.

Stay safe and healthy,

Joseph Neuberger