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Prosecutor Seeks to Withhold Crucial Records from Defence

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday July 13, 2020.

When Bill C-51 was passed by Parliament in December 2018 it changed rules of evidence in sexual assault trials. The most egregious changes for the accused is that all records in their possession and which they may wish to use at trial now have to be disclosed in advance, with the complainant having access to those documents. Additionally, if the accused successfully obtains a ruling for disclosure of third party...
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Restoring the Trial Process After COVID-19

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Friday July 03, 2020.

By Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP   As Canadian courts struggle with how to return to normal functioning and deal with the backlog of trials after the pandemic, suggestions are being made on how to effectively modify the trial process. Technology such as video conferencing has allowed some proceedings to continue remotely but there are compelling reasons why remote hearings should be restricted to case management, certain pre-trial...
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Complainants In Sexual Assault Trials Are Not To Be Granted “Better Footing” Than Any Other Witness or Complainant

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Thursday June 18, 2020.

By Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers In a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court, Justice Copeland rejected a Crown appeal of an acquittal based on grounds that the trial judge had relied on stereotypes and myths about sexual assault. In the case of R. v. Solomon, 2020 ONSC 2640 the Crown unsuccessfully argued that the trial judge misapplied the law of consent and employed...
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Regina v. Sullivan, 2020 ONCA 333 – Misinformation is Fueling Outrage about the Defence of Intoxication

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault on Wednesday June 10, 2020.

By Joseph A. Neuberger,* Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers and Diana Davison**   On June 3, 2020, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that section 33.1 of the Criminal Code was unconstitutional for barring self-induced extreme intoxication as a defence in crimes of violence including those that involve bodily harm, death or sexual assault. Public outrage was quickly generated based on misinformation about what this decision means and...
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The Justice System and COVID-19 – We cannot Lose the Human Element

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Friday April 03, 2020.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers Access to the legal system and the proper functioning of our courts is an essential public service. Though the courts are not completely shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, case processing has slowed to the point that the backlog will cause significant problems. Former Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, writing for The Lawyer’s Daily, “beseech governments across Canada to...
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Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act – Take it Seriously and Help Stop the Spread of COVID19

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Wednesday April 01, 2020.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers www.nrlawyers.com The government of Ontario is determined to be very strong in their response to ensuring people social distance and obey orders to remain out of public areas. The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (the “Act”) invoked during the pandemic has sever penalties including fines up to $100,000.000 and jail up to one year for disobeying the COVID-19 emergency...
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Quarantine Act Canada – Take it Seriously and Help Stop the Spread of COVID19

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Friday March 27, 2020.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers www.nrlawyers.com   The Quarantine Act (the “Act”) authorizes Quarantine Officers to implement various control measures to prevent the introduction and spread of communicable disease.  Under the Act, failure to comply can result in arrest, and fees and penalties. In order to prevent the spread of any communicable disease, including COVID19, the Public Health Agency of Canada collaborates with border partners,...
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Closure of All Playgrounds, Skateparks, Tennis Courts and other Public Gathering places to stop the spread of COVID-19

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Thursday March 26, 2020.

What you Need to Know Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers   In an effort to enforce physical distancing and curb the spread of Covid19, effective March 25, 2020, all city-owned playgrounds, sports fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor exercise equipment, and other parks amenities, as well as parking lots attached to its parks system are closed...
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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...
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Can You Be Criminally Charged for Spreading Coronavirus?

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19, Criminal Defence on Monday March 16, 2020.

What started as an epidemic in China has officially become a worldwide pandemic as of March 11, 2020. The World Health Organization reported the change in category after cases in different continents were reported without direct relation to the origin continent. Citizens and governments everywhere are concerned about containing the virus and preventing its spread. This issue has become so serious that some are wondering if you can be held...
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