Call to the Bar, Ontario, 1984
B.A., Trent University (History), 1979
LL. B., Osgoode Hall, York University, 1982
At law school, Richard Aitken studied mainly business courses, but early in his legal career, he was approached by the local Crown Attorney to assist as a part-time Assistant Crown Attorney. As he gained experience, he focused more on a criminal practice. Over the years this focus shifted more and more to include cases involving Impaired Driving, the area of law that now forms the bulk of the Aitken Robertson practice.
With over 33 years of experience as a criminal lawyer, Mr. Aitken has taken thousands of impaired driving cases to trial, often with considerable success.
Mr. Aitken is one of the few Canadian members of the renowned National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). He has extensive training on Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Drug Recognition Evaluation and DUI trial tactics, attending 3 training conferences in 2013.
In November 2014, Mr. Aitken brought the Aitken Robertson team to Atlanta, Georgia for further DUI tactics training and further training on both the Intoxilyzer 5000C and 8000C breath testing instruments. This particular course was put on specifically for Mr. Aitken and his team of lawyers. The lead instructor was Mr. Bubba Head – one of the best DUI attorney’s in the United States.
In addition to his training received in Atlanta in 2014, from November 5 to November 8, 2015, he once again attended Atlanta, Georgia for the National College of DUI Defence’s (NCDD) multi-day program on metrology. Metrology is the science of measurement and is critical for understanding the proper operation and deficiencies of breath testing instruments such as the Intoxilyzer 8000c.
From March 2 to March 5, 2016, Mr. Aitken took his team of DUI lawyers to a three-day course on the operation of the Intoxilyzer 800C – the instrument used most frequently by the police in the Province of Ontario. This course was held by some more of the most prestigious and renowned attorneys, experts, and programming engineer in North America. Later, in May of 2016, Mr. Aitken completed “Serious Science for Serious Lawyers: Advanced Course in Blood Alcohol Analysis and Trial Advocacy”, which was held in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enrolment was limited to twenty lawyers and Mr. Aitken was the only Canadian lawyer present. There is not a more advanced course in all of the United States or Canada.
Most recently, Mr. Aitken completed the “Scientific Evidence in Breath Test Cases” from July 7 to July 9, 2016 in Montreal, QC.
Historically, he acquired the practices of Harry Robertson and John Robertson Q.C. and founded Aitken Robertson Barristers & Solicitors in 1999, eventually bringing in other lawyers to assist him in building a successful firm.
He is proud of a number of noteworthy cases. One summary conviction appeal, prepared by colleague Edwin Boeve, was argued by Aitken at Superior Court, a case which dramatically changed the law regarding when an accused must be given rights to counsel. Mr. Aitken handles most of the firm’s Oshawa cases.
“As a child it was the hope of my parents and grandparents that I would be a lawyer,” he says. “Fortunately, it has turned into a career that I love.”