Keeping Up Is Hard to Do:
A Trial Judge’s Reading Blog

SELF-DEFENCE

In R. v. Khill, 2021 SCC 37, October 14, 2021, the accused was charged with second-degree murder. He twice shot a person he saw looking through his truck. At his

MOTIVE TO FABRICATE

In R. v. G.B., 2021 ONCA 675, September 28, 2021, the accused was convicted of having sexually assaulted his granddaughter.  At the trail, the accused testified and denied having committed

CHILD WITNESSES

R. v. M.D., 2021 BCCA 339, September 24, 2021, at paragraph 56: Assessing credibility may be particularly challenging and nuanced when it involves a child witness.  Judges evaluate the evidence

PRE-SENTENCE CUSTODY CREDIT

In R. v. MacLennan, 2021 PECA 14, September 22, 2021, the accused was convicted of a number of offences. He appealed from sentence, arguing that the sentencing judge had erred

DISCHARGES IN NEW ZEALAND

In Meijler v. R., [2021] NZCA 472, September 17, 2021, the accused pleaded guilty to using forged documents. She had photocopied a prescription and obtained additional medication.  She had longstanding

SENTENCING OLDER OFFENDERS

In Sentencing Older Offenders in Victoria (Sentencing Advisory Council, September 15, 2021), the Sentencing Council report studies “sentencing outcomes from 2010 to 2019 for offenders sentenced when aged 60 and