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Hiring a Private Lawyer vs. Duty Counsel

  • May 13, 2015

Written by Richard J. Aitken, Lawyer, and LM Landry, Lawyer. Why You are Better Off to Hire a Private Lawyer than Rely on Duty Counsel. Those who serve as Duty Counsel are lawyers and in fact private lawyers may dedicate…

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To Jury or Not to Jury

  • May 5, 2015

Written by Richard J. Aitken, Lawyer, and LM Landry, Lawyer. One of the most important decisions in trying a serious criminal law case is whether to elect trial by jury or by judge alone. This choice is not available in…

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The Pass Off of Clothing to Inmates

  • May 1, 2015

In early February, a lawyer, Laura Liscio, was arrested at the Brampton courthouse under the accusation that she smuggled marijuana to an inmate while giving him or her “respectable” clothes for a court appearance. The legal community is considering new…

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Driving Offences and Insurance Rates

  • April 22, 2015

Written by Richard J. Aitken, Lawyer, and Mark W. Cardy, Licensed Paralegal. "If I am convicted of a serious driving offence, will my insurance rates increase?" In Ontario, if you are convicted of impaired driving, over 80 or any other…

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Strip Searches Upon Arrest

  • April 13, 2015

Strip searches, and many searches in general, can be a very grey area, but are often not permitted in arrests that end with the release of the accused on a notice to appear in court. The Supreme Court of Canada…

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Doctor-Assisted Suicide – Part II

  • April 9, 2015

Written by Richard J. Aitken In response to our previously reported article concerning the striking down of the legislation preventing doctor-assisted suicide in Canada, LawyerLocate.ca reached out to us and asked if we could offer insight into the following questions:…

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First Appearance Day in Court

  • April 7, 2015

Written by Richard J. Aitken, Lawyer, and Mark W. Cardy, Licensed Paralegal.  "What Happens on My First Appearance Date?" Another common question that the lawyers and staff at Aitken Robertson are asked by new and prospective clients, either upon initial…

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March Madness: DUI

  • March 24, 2015

Written by Richard J. Aitken, Lawyer, and Mark W. Cardy, Licensed Paralegal. Plan your night of drinking like you would plan out your bracket for March Madness. It’s that time of year again - the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament…

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Strip Searches in Quebec Schools

  • March 11, 2015

What Could This Mean for Ontario? A 1998 Supreme Court of Canada case accepted that strip searches in schools were permitted as long as they were “reasonable”.  Reasonable terms vary amongst many people. A 15-year-old and her parents in Quebec…

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The Supreme Court: Doctor Assisted Suicide

  • March 4, 2015

What Doctor-Assisted Suicide Could Mean For Canada Physician-assisted suicide is defined in the Webster Dictionary as: suicide by a patient facilitated by means or information (as a drug prescription or indication of the lethal dosage) provided by a physician who…

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