The Defence Toolkit is a 2020 Clawbie Award Winning blog providing summaries of the editor's weekly three best cases for criminal defence lawyers. Links to Canlii and cited cases are included. The summaries are searchable by topic. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to get weekly updates. 2020 Canadian Law Blog Awards Winner

27 02, 2021

The Defence Toolkit – February 27, 2021

By |2021-02-27T10:55:52-07:00February 27th, 2021|Charter s.9, Provocation, Ruse Traffic Stops, Young Witness Testimony|0 Comments

This week's top three summaries: R v Buchanan, 2021 BCSC 51: #provocation & drug #addiction, R v Huntley, 2021 BCSC 149: s.9 #pretext jaywalking, and R v [...]

13 02, 2021

The Defence Toolkit – February 13, 2021

By |2021-02-13T20:39:46-07:00February 13th, 2021|Circumstantial Identification Evidence, Evidence, NCRMD, Vague Statements of Accused|0 Comments

This week's top three summaries: R v Schneider, 2021 BCCA 41: #vague stmts inadmissible, R v Johnson, 2021 ONSC 660: mixed #DNA not sufficient, and R v [...]

6 02, 2021

The Defence Toolkit – February 6, 2021

By |2021-02-06T13:06:47-07:00February 6th, 2021|Evidence, Hearsay, Mr. Big Evidence, Narrative Exception, Prior Consistent Statements, Veracity of Other Witnesses|0 Comments

This week's top three summaries: R v NP, 2021 BCCA 25: #narrative and prior #consistent stmt, R v Bernier, 2021 ABCA 27: accused #interview and other's [...]

30 01, 2021

The Defence Toolkit – January 30, 2021

By |2021-02-15T12:39:27-07:00January 30th, 2021|Bad Character Evidence, Charter s.8, Evidence, Prior Consistent Statements, Probative v Prejudicial, Strip Search|0 Comments

This week's top three summaries: R v Nelson, 2021 NSCA 11: prior #consistent statements, R v Settle, 2021 ABQB 40: prior #bad #character, and R v Paterson, [...]

23 01, 2021

The Defence Toolkit – January 23, 2021

By |2021-01-23T13:18:15-07:00January 23rd, 2021|Car Search - Cannabis Act, Charter s.8, Evidence, Hearsay, Mr. Big Evidence, Narrative Exception|0 Comments

This week's top three summaries: R v Borel, 2021 ONCA 16: #narrative exception, R v Dauphinais, 2021 ABQB 21: #MrBig exclusion, and R v Sappleton, 2021 ONSC [...]

16 01, 2021

The Defence Toolkit – January 16, 2021

By |2021-01-16T10:39:52-07:00January 16th, 2021|Charter s.12, CSO for Serious Offence, Fentanyl Trafficking, Mandatory Minimum, Narrative Exception|0 Comments

This week's top three summaries: R v Eisnor, 2020 ABCA 459: #narrative error, R v Gerbrandt, 2020 ABPC 261: mandatory min making child porn available  #unconstitutional [...]

9 01, 2021

The Defence Toolkit – January 9, 2021

By |2021-01-09T13:56:48-07:00January 9th, 2021|Charter s24(2), Circumstantial Identification Evidence, Credibility, Cross-Examination, Evidence|0 Comments

This week's top three summaries: R v Reilly, 2020 BCCA 369: #24(2) #connection to violation & factors, R v Dupuis, 2020 ONCA 807: Crown #impeachment of [...]

19 12, 2020

The Defence Toolkit – December 19, 2020

By |2020-12-19T15:41:54-07:00December 19th, 2020|Certiorari, Charter 11(b), Fundamental Concepts, Late Disclosure Adjournment, The Rule Against Collateral Attack|0 Comments

This week's top three summaries: R v Irwin, 2020 ONCA 776: rule against #collateral attack, R v Ellis, 2020 NSCA 78: 11(b) and #disclosure, and R v [...]

12 12, 2020

The Defence Toolkit – December 12, 2020

By |2020-12-12T10:35:40-07:00December 12th, 2020|Appeals, Consent, Officially-induced Error, Re-Opening, Sexual Assault|0 Comments

This week's top three summaries: R v Hughes, 2020 NUCA 15: officially-induced error, R v Smithen-Davis, 2020 ONCA 759: re-opening #appeal after decision, and R v SW, [...]

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