The Vader Error

The trial of Travis Vader (R. v. Vader) has attracted significant public attention in Edmonton over the past few months. While it seemed to have arrived at completion with the release of the judge’s trial decision, it quickly become clear that a major roadblock arose from the judge’s own analysis. Vader was charged with two … Read More.

Mandatory Minimums, Not So Mandatory?

A number of decisions have been released in the last 18 months where courts have declared certain mandatory minimum sentences in the Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to be unconstitutional. These mandatory minimum sentences mean that judges are not allowed to impose sentences that are lower than a certain minimum established by … Read More.

Justice Delayed. Justice Denied.

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in R v Jordan attempts to strike a new, simpler test for determining when someone’s right to a trial within a reasonable time has been violated. It will now be considered presumptively unreasonable if a person has to wait more than 18 months for their trial to occur in provincial court, or 30 … Read More.