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.
In January of 2019, Richard Aitken was one of 3 Canadians (the other two being from British Columbia) to attend the National College of DUI Defense Winter Semester Course. This year it focused on Drug Recognition Evaluation. The importance of the course relates to the newly introduced Canadian Criminal Code legislation dealing with impaired by drugs. The course, which one hundred people attended in person, and was otherwise live streamed throughout North America, was held over two days. A series of experts taught the participants how 12 steps the police need to undertake to ensure that any conclusion they draw as to drug impairment, is valid. Participants were able to watch three live demonstrations of subjects dosed with various sorts of drugs such as marijuana, opiates, and tranquilizers, be tested to determine the nature of the drug in their system. This was a valuable course, training lawyers how to best cross examine drug recognition experts on how the tests were conducted.
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.”