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Criminal law in context: Indigenous experience, family breakdown, collateral consequences

A single encounter with the criminal justice system can alter the life paths of both defendants and complainants. Effective representation of criminal accused requires a deep understanding of the context of criminal acts, and of the range of repercussions, even for those who are not convicted.

The articles featured here explore that broader context, and provide practical advice for managing risks both to clients and to the lawyer’s own practice.

Gladue developments and what lawyers need to know: As the 20th anniversary of R. v. Gladue approaches, lawyers and judicial decision-makers continue to grapple with the unique challenges facing Indigenous accused, witnesses, and victims of crime.

No conviction doesn’t mean no consequences: What are the implications of criminal investigation for your clients? How to minimize the reputation “hangover” that a run-in with the justice system can create.

Criminal charges and family breakdown: Resources for growing your understanding of the impacts. Lawyers have long complained that when it comes to parallel family and criminal proceedings, one hand may not know what the other hand is doing.

What kinds of criminal law claims does LAWPRO see? Our Criminal Claims Fact Sheet can help you identify key trouble areas.

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Land Acknowledgement

The offices of LAWPRO are located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. LAWPRO respects and acknowledges the histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit nations.

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