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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 Palpable Misinterpretation of the Law of Capacity to Consent

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday March 09, 2020.

In 2017, public outrage erupted over the sexual assault acquittal of a Halifax taxi driver after the media headlines denounced the judge for saying “clearly, a drunk can consent.” The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal confirmed that Justice Lenehan was correct in law, though his wording could have been better chosen, but the public continues to believe that the judge was wrong.   When the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal...
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Capacity to Consent in Sexual Assault Cases

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Tuesday February 25, 2020.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP With the increase in prosecutions of sexual assault accusations and recent changes to the rules of evidence at trial it is more important than ever to have legal counsel with experience and extensive knowledge in this area of law.   I have defended numerous cases hinging on a complainant’s capacity to consent at the time of the alleged encounter.  Despite common misperceptions about...
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Education of Judges on Sexual Assault Trials -“Education in Secret a Risk to Fair Trials”

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault on Thursday February 06, 2020.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP A Bill to re-educate judges on sexual assault trials has been brought back to parliament after failing to be passed by the Senate in 2017. Rona Ambrose had introduced Bill C-337 in the wake of a scandal which resulted in a former judge being removed from the bench after making what were deemed to be inappropriate comments during a sexual assault trial. After...
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The Continued Impact of Bill C-51 and the Ensuing Chaos in Sexual Assault Trials.

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday December 18, 2019.

By Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP A year after parliament’s new rules of evidence for sexual assault trials came into effect judges continue to disagree on how to uphold the constitutional rights of the accused. Until recently, the new legislation has been interpreted to require advance disclosure of defence evidence in a manner which would allow complainants to both know how they would be cross-examined and give them...
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Attack on the Rules of Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases.

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault on Monday October 28, 2019.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers The justice system depends upon public faith to give it legitimacy and that faith must remain intact for both the complainants of crime and the accused. Not only should complainants expect to have their grievances properly heard, an accused must have access to a fair and impartial hearing with procedural and evidentiary protections to ensure a fair trial. In recent...
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How the Recent Changes to the Criminal Code May Affect Your Sexual Assault Trial

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday August 14, 2019.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP www.nrlawyers.com If you have been charged with sexual assault, it is of the utmost importance that you and your lawyer lay out a coherent defence theory and obtain all necessary evidence to marshal your defence.  This will often include details of the complainant’s sexual history as it relates to your defence and to issues that are relevant in the evidence of the complainant. ...
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An Attack on the Right to Make Full Answer and Defence in Sexual Assault Trials

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Thursday August 01, 2019.

By Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP www.nrlawyers.com Growing public and media attention on the way sexual assault trials are conducted has increased the scrutiny upon defence lawyers and how these trials are conducted, with a focus on the way a complainant experiences the trial process. Since new legislation was passed in Canada, by Bill C-51 in December 2018, there are new rules governing evidence and the cross-examination of...
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Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Use of Prior Sexual Activity and Re-defines Consent in Honest but Mistaken Belief in Consent Defences in Sexual Assault Cases

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault on Friday June 28, 2019.

Joseph A. Neuberger, LL.B., LL.M., C.S. Neuberger & Partners LLP www.nrlawyers.com In a recent precedent setting case out of Alberta, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned Bradley Barton’s manslaughter acquittal and ordered a new trial due to the Crown’s failure to be alert to the issue of the victim’s privacy regarding her sexual history. Mr. Barton was on trial for first degree murder in the death of an Indigenous woman...
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Toronto, ON M6C 2E4
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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 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