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SCC backs Civil Remedies Act; Defence bar condemns decision.

April 27, 2009 edition of the Law Times, by Robert Todd

"The criminal defence bar is condemning a Supreme Court of Canada decision backing Ontario's Civil Remedies Act, saying the province now has an easier route to punishing alleged offences after failed criminal proceedings.

Toronto criminal defence lawyer Leora Shemesh calls the CRA a form of “double punishment” for accused.

"You go to court, the Crown knows full well that the charges are terrible and they can't make out their case because the search was horrible, so they withdraw the charge, and then they bring a Civil Remedies Act application to keep the money that they found on the accused," says Shemesh, who adds that she has at least two clients facing the prospect of losing their homes due to CRA applications". [Read the entire article.]

Defence Lawyer and the Civil Remedies Act

SCC backs Civil Remedies Act; Defence bar condemns decision.

April 27, 2009 edition of the Law Times, by Robert Todd

"The criminal defence bar is condemning a Supreme Court of Canada decision backing Ontario's Civil Remedies Act, saying the province now has an easier route to punishing alleged offences after failed criminal proceedings.

Toronto criminal defence lawyer Leora Shemesh calls the CRA a form of "double punishment" for accused.

"You go to court, the Crown knows full well that the charges are terrible and they can't make out their case because the search was horrible, so they withdraw the charge, and then they bring a Civil Remedies Act application to keep the money that they found on the accused," says Shemesh, who adds that she has at least two clients facing the prospect of losing their homes due to CRA applications". [Read the entire article on Civil Remedies Act implications.]

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