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From a select group of our esteemed authors, this exclusive series of insightful features will discuss the most pertinent topics of significance and the latest developments, and how they may impact Canadian criminal law and practice.Complimentary Content exclusive to this Practice Community Page is provided below.


Our April feature comes from our author team of Drug Offences in Canada, 4th Edition, Bruce A. MacFarlane, Q.C., Robert J. Frater, Q.C., and Croft Michaelson, Q.C. This first installment of Emerging Issues Bulletin provides updates on notable drug policy, legislative and enforcement issues, designed to alert readers to emerging legal challenges stemming from these developments.

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Current Awareness Resources

Mack's Criminal Law Blog

From Dallas Mack, the author of of Mack's Criminal Law Bulletin (also available on CriminalSource™) and of Mack's Criminal Law Trial Book, this blog is dedicated to helping you keep track of the ongoing developments in Canadian criminal law and fostering thoughtful discussions with contributions from a group of crown counsel across Ontario. Get complimentary access to the latest issue of this Blog.


For the Defence: The Criminal Lawyers' Association Newsletter

Published regularly since 1974, this newsletter is not only a strong voice for criminal lawyers and everyone concerned with the quality of criminal justice, but also a critical current awareness publication for the busy criminal lawyer. Articles feature the various perspectives of criminal law experts in plain language, on the most talked about topics of the day. Get a complimentary sample issue.

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Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition
Book Launch Event (May 2015)

People in the News

Congratulations to Robert J. Frater, Q.C., on his appointment as Chief General Counsel with the Department of Justice. He is also a co-author of Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition, and the author of Prosecutorial Misconduct.


Congratulations to The Honourable Mr. Justice Todd Archibald, on being awarded the 2015 David Walter Mundell Medal for his contribution to legal writing. He is also a co-author of Regulatory and Corporate Liability: From Due Diligence to Risk Management, and a co-editor of Annual Review of Civil Litigation.





See what Bruce A. MacFarlane, Q.C., co-author of Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition, has to say about CriminalSource.

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Sample Issue: Lalande on Sentencing Newsletter (PDF)

McWilliams' Canadian Criminal Evidence, Fifth Edition, in R. v. Donszelmann (full text case PDF).


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