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Ontario’s Social Distancing Laws

Social distancing is the only way that we are going to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. People are increasingly asking about what they can do outside, where they can go, and with whom they can travel. In this blog post, I look at Ontario’s law governing social distancing rules, the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

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Fool Me Once… Prior Consistent Statements

Testifying in court can be confusing. There are rules of evidence that prevent people from saying what many might think is important information. In this blog post, I discuss a development in a counter-intuitive testimonial rule, the inadmissibility of prior consistent statements.

This post is for everyone: people unfamiliar with the law, appeal lawyers, and evidence scholars. It’s a short discussion in which I look at a development and point out some cases in which the rule is applied. None of what I write is legal advice.

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Canada’s New Impaired Driving Laws

One topic discussed during holiday parties this year will be Canada’s new impaired driving laws. What are they? How do they affect motorists? What happens if you drink and drive? This blog post will answer some of these questions.

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Chris Sewrattan Re-appointed to the Licence Appeal Tribunal

Proud to announce that the Ontario government has re-appointed Chris Sewrattan to the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Chris Sewrattan has adjudicated cases at the Tribunal for the past two years. During this time, he has written over 40 reported decisions.

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Brave New World: The Tulloch Report and Police Misconduct

Chris Sewrattan recently wrote an article for For The Defence, a publication written for and widely read by criminal defence lawyers. In the article, Mr. Sewrattan examines the recently released Tulloch Report; specifically, how the police complaints process can assist defence lawyers in litigation. The article is available in print and online through WestLaw Canada.

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Sewrattan Law Award

Congratulations to Shivani Ramoutar, the recipient of the 2017 Sewrattan Law Award! The Sewrattan Law Award is given to the graduating student at West Hill Collegiate Institute with the highest mark in Grade 12 Law. Shivani demonstrated a keen interest in the law class and was an exceptional advocate at the 2017 OJEN Mock Trial Tournament.

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