Keeping Up Is Hard to Do:
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EVIDENCE-SECTION 276 OF THE CRIMINAL CODE

In R. v. S (D), 2022 MBCA 94, December 5, 2022, the accused was convicted of the offence of sexual interference.  The accused appealed from conviction, arguing that the trial

TRIALS-STEREOTYPICAL REASONING

In R. v. D.R., 2022 SCC 50, December 1, 2022, the accused was charged with the offence of sexual assault, in relation to his granddaughter. After a trial, he was

OFFENCES-CAUSING A DISTURBANCE

In R. v. Carver, 2022 PEICA 13, December 6, 2022, the accused was convicted of the offence of causing a disturbance.  The circumstances involved were described by the Prince Edward

ADMISSIBILITY OF INTERNET SEARCHES

R. v. HANSE, 2022 ONCA 843, NOVEMBER 30, 2022. FACTS: The accused was charged with firearm offences, contrary to the Criminal Code.  At his trial, The Crown introduced intercepted conversations

EVIDENCE-HEARSAY-SPONTANEOUS DECLARATIONS

R. v. MACKINNON, 2022 ONCA 81, NOVEMBER 25, 2022. FACTS: The accused was convicted of murder.  At trial, the Crown presented a “spontaneous declaration” made by the victim (Mr. Taylor)

DEFENCES-ENTRAPMENT

On November 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of Canada released four judgments in which it considered the defence or excuse of entrapment (R. v. Ramelson, 2022 SCC 44, R. v.