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The Role of “Common Sense” in Sexual Assault Trials

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Friday March 05, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger, Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Lawyers Toronto   In a March 3, 2021 Ontario Court of Appeal decision, Justice Paciocco addressed the growing complexity in defining what comprises a stereotype in sexual assault trials. R. v. J.C., 2021 ONCA 131 offered a number of opportunities to examine how the accused are being blocked from adducing properly relevant evidence. The first issue of stereotypes arose in relation to...
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The Risks of “Narrative as Circumstantial Evidence”

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Tuesday March 02, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger, Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Lawyers   In a recent BC sexual assault appeal, R. v. N.P., 2021 BCCA 25, the Crown conceded that a retrial was warranted after the trial judge improperly used prior consistent statements to corroborate the complainant's testimony. The Court of Appeal issued their decision, elaborating on how "narrative as circumstantial evidence" should be properly used at trial. This exception may form an...
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A Tale of Two Crown Appeals

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Tuesday March 02, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger, Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Lawyer   Two similar, though not identical, Crown appeals of sexual assault acquittals were heard in the Nova Scotia and Alberta Courts of Appeal in January 2021 with two very different outcomes. In R. v. Nelson, 2021 NSCA 11, the Crown unsuccessfully argued that "the trial judge erred in law by making findings of fact which were not supported by the evidence...
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The Meaning of “Control” in Prostitution

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Friday February 05, 2021.

Since the beginning of 2020, the new prostitution laws under section 286 of the Criminal Code of Canada have been on constitutionally shaky grounds in Ontario. On February 21, 2020, in the case of R. v. Anwar, 2020 ONCJ 103, Justice McKay found almost all the sections of 286 unconstitutional and not saved under section 1 of the Charter. The accused in that case were not charged under section 286.1...
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Reasonable Steps and Sexual Consent

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday February 01, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers In a number of recent sexual assault cases, trial judges have been asked to find an accused guilty based on his own evidence. The Crown argument has been that, by the accused’s own testimony, they failed to take reasonable steps to obtain affirmative consent prior to engaging in a sexual act. In R. v. M.F., 2020 ONSC 5061 Justice Varpio...
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Supreme Court Rulings from The Bench

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday January 25, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers   Throughout October, November and December 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada heard appeals in ten different cases involving sexual assault appeals. In seven of those cases the appeal was granted or dismissed after only a short recess. In all seven rulings from the bench, the Supreme Court found in favour of the Crown and confirmed or restored the convictions....
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The Ongoing Error of Credibility Contests in Sexual Assault Cases

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday January 13, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP, Criminal Defence Lawyers Since the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in R. v. J.J.R.D., O.J. No. 4749 there has been significant movement away from following the three step process for assessing testimony, as previously outlined in the Supreme Court’s 1991 decision in R. v. W.(D.) Many judges have focused on the third step, beginning with a review of the evidence as a whole....
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Ontario No Longer Subject To New Rules

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Friday December 11, 2020.

On November 23, 2020, Mr. Justice Akhtar of the Ontario Superior Court, ruled that sections 278.92, 278.94(2) and 278.94(3) were of no force or effect in Ontario. His decision in R. v. Reddick, 2020 ONSC 7156  will likely go to the Court of Appeal. In Ontario the complainant is no longer granted standing at pre-trial hearings and only evidence of a sexual nature requires an advance application. Alberta, Saskatchewan and...
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Canada Should Learn From the Mistakes in US University Tribunals

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

If there was ever an area in which Canada should follow the lead of the US it is on the issue of restoring due process to university sexual assault investigations.. Over the past few years, due process in university tribunals has been degraded in both countries. Many well-meaning efforts to improve outcomes for the victims of such crimes have resulted in the erosion of the rights of the accused. So...
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Anonymous Accusations Violate the Rights of an Accused

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

While social media and other online forums have expanded the ways we can communicate with others the same technology also has a dark side. The possibility for anonymity on the internet has allowed many to abuse this power by making anonymous accusations against named individuals while denying the accused an ability to defend themselves. A popular form of mass sexual assault allegations called  “shitlists” - often targetting specific industries or...
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