14 Things to Know before going to Jail in Ontario: a Prisoner’s Guide.

Note: This article originally appeared in Robichaud's Criminal Defence Litigation.

When an accused is sentenced to custody they will be serving their sentence in either a Provincial or Federal institution. Sentences of two years less a day will be served in a Provincial facility. Sentences of two years or more will be served in a Federal penitentiary. Federal inmates are under the auspices of Corrections Services Canada.

 

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Criminal Defence Law and My Inspiration

Criminal Defence Law and My Inspiration

Sometimes snapshots from the past creep up on us at unexpected times. Sometimes they are bright pictures that make us smile; at other times they remind us of something that made us who we are. I recently had one of those latter snapshots.

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Listening and the Law: The Unspoken Word

Listening and the Law: The Unspoken Word

I was at a great criminal defence lawyers’ conference earlier this month, listening to some of the finest members of my profession offer advice and new techniques to help us better fight for our clients. The information that was shared was excellent and thought-provoking. And, as so happens at these things, some of what was said triggered other ideas, and reminders for me of skills that are important, and sometimes under-utilized.

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The Conference, The Memories and The Inspiration

A few weeks ago I was in Toronto, for a wonderful criminal lawyers’ conference. I learned a great deal, and after the conference I walked past Old City Hall Courthouse. That courthouse has great personal significance for me because it’s really where my career in criminal law began.

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