Frank Addario on the link between segregation and suicide in prison

October 14, 2014

Yet another report has been released linking segregation to suicides of mentally ill inmates in Canadian prisons. The Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada says it was prompted to review prison suicides between 2011 and 2014 because of “a number of concerning developments that, when considered together, suggest that progress has stalled in [the Correctional Service of Canada's] efforts to prevent and publicly account for deaths in custody”. Frank Addario commented on this problem in The Lawyers Weekly. Read the article here and the full report here.

Big Brother is watching you

September 25, 2014

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. Read Frank Addario’s Toronto Star opinion on the state’s ability to access your private information.

The Modern Day Trial: evolving from law books to Facebook

upcoming event: Frank Addario will speak at the Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s Annual Fall Conference, which will take place in Toronto on Nov. 27-29, 2014. Frank will join a panel of fellow past presidents of the CLA to discuss future Charter challenges that may arise as the police and prosecution increasingly rely on new forms of technology and digital data. For more information on the CLA conference, click here.

“No comment” a product of a bygone era

August 26, 2014

Read Frank’s opinion on the Ministry of the Attorney General’s policy of secrecy in today’s Toronto Star.

Institutional delay derails serious criminal case

August 21, 2014

This week, the Ontario Court of Appeal stayed proceedings against a teacher convicted of serious sexual crimes. The reason: unacceptable delay in getting the matter to trial. The Globe and Mail asked Frank Addario to weigh in on the significance of the case. Read his comments here.

Supreme Court of Canada: The Year in Review

August 18, 2014

upcoming event:  On November 26, Frank Addario will join Eric Gertner of McCarthy Tetrault and Professor Allan Hutchinson of Osgoode Hall Law School to discuss key cases and emerging trends in what has been a very exciting year at the SCC. The Toronto Lawyers Association is hosting the event. Get the details here.

Judicial independence in the news

August 17, 2014

Read an article from the Toronto Star, quoting Frank Addario, here and an article from the Ottawa Citizen here.

Frank speaks at Canada’s largest criminal law conference

August 11, 2014

This July, Frank spoke at the National Criminal Law Program, Canada’s largest criminal law conference. In a Point/Counterpoint debate, he argued that the law as it currently stands is not doing enough to protect Canadians’ privacy. The talk touched on the lack of police oversight, the power of telcos and the increasing importance of protecting metadata from unjustified searches. Frank also spoke about how counsel and courts can assist unrepresented defendants – an increasing problem in the criminal justice system. Frank outlined tactical and creative ways to approach Rowbotham and Fisher applications and discussed emerging issues respecting the court’s powers in appointing amicus.

Frank speaks at MLST conference

June 25, 2014

Tonight, Frank Addario spoke about the allocation of scarce mental health resources in criminal cases at the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto’s conference. Click here to view the agenda or click here to read our blog post about the Conception case.

Megan Savard speaks at CLA spring conference

May 26, 2014

Megan Savard spoke about confidential informants and search warrants at the CLA’s 2014 Spring Conference, “Let’s Get Practical”, held on May 24, 2014.

Media reacts to TPSB’s “street checks” and community contacts policy – UPDATED

April 27, 2014

On April 24, the Board approved its community contacts policy. Check out the media coverage herehere and here.

Media reacts to TPSB’s latest “street checks” and community contacts policy

April 23, 2014

On April 17, the Board published the latest version of its community contacts policy. Watch the Global News video or read what the Toronto Star had to say here and here.

Frank Addario speaks at 6 Minute Criminal Lawyer conference

April 14, 2014

On Saturday, Frank Addario spoke about big new issues in electronic privacy at LSUC’s Six-Minute Criminal Defence Lawyer 2014 conference. Take a look at the conference brochure or order the conference materials here.

Public feedback on ALG’s draft policy

April 9, 2014

Yesterday, the Board received public feedback on ALG’s draft policy on “street checks” and community contacts. Read what the Toronto Star had to say or watch the public meeting here.

“It’s cynicism masquerading as policy”: hear what Frank Addario and other experts think of the proposed Victims Bill of Rights Act

April 4, 2014

Frank spoke to the Toronto Star about the new bill, which purports to give victims more rights in the criminal justice process. Read the article here and the text of the proposed legislation here.

Megan Savard presents at Osgoode Search and Seizure Symposium

March 20, 2014

Today, Megan Savard presented as a faculty member at Osgoode Professional Development’s Annual Intensive Course on Drafting and Reviewing Search Warrants. More information about the Symposium can be found here.

Read what the Toronto Star thinks about ALG’s draft policy

March 17, 2014

On March 13, 2014, Frank Addario and Megan Savard presented a draft policy on police “carding” at the Toronto Police Services Board public meeting. Read the Toronto Star’s editorial here.

Frank Addario and Megan Savard on police “carding” – UPDATE

March 14, 2014

Yesterday, Frank Addario and Megan Savard presented a draft policy on police “carding” at the Toronto Police Services Board public meeting. Watch the presentation on RogersTV (starting at 68:37), read the draft policy and see what the Toronto Star had to say about it.

Frank Addario and Megan Savard on police “carding”

March 13, 2014

Frank Addario and Megan Savard presented a draft policy on police “carding” at the Toronto Police Services Board on March 13, 2014. Click here for a Star article about the meeting.

Crime and Fertility

February 27, 2014

The Canadian government’s 2004 decision to criminalize payment for human reproductive services has been controversial. Industry participants increasingly need guidance about their potential criminal liability. Megan Savard spoke about crime and fertility issues yesterday at Osgoode Hall’s conference on current and emerging issues in fertility law.

Bill Thompson on mental disorder in the criminal justice system

February 24, 2014

Over-incarceration and prosecution of the mentally ill is one of the most pressing problems in the criminal justice system. Last week, Bill Thompson spoke at the ground-breaking National Symposium on Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice lick here to read the brochure.

“It’s like putting you in jail for having cancer.”

February 17, 2014

Zlatko Sego is the latest victim of a prison system poorly-equipped to deal with mental health issues. Frank Addario spoke to the Toronto Star about his case. Click here to read.

Bill Thompson successfully argues ineffective assistance of counsel in toilet camera case

February 11, 2014

Filming prisoners on the toilet raises a host of Charter and privacy issues. Last week, a defendant who received inadequate legal advice was given another chance to raise these issues at trial. Click here to read about Bill’s successful appeal.

An absence of truth in sentencing?

January 14, 2014

The Supreme Court will decide how to apply the extra-credit provisions of the Truth in Sentencing Act later this month. Frank Addario commented on the controversy surrounding the Act in yesterday’s Globe and MailFor more on the purpose and effect of the Act, read our latest blog post.

Crown seeks fourth trial for Robert Badgerow

December 19, 2013

Frank Addario argued against an “extremely rare” fourth trial in a murder case at the Court of Appeal. Read about the case here.

ALG to provide legal opinion on police carding practices

December 18, 2013

Frank Addario has been hired to advise the Police Services Board on what constitutes a practice consistent with human rights and Charter protections. Read the Toronto Star article here.

Continuing Legal Education

December 7, 2013

On November 29, 2013, Frank presented at the 6th Annual Inter-Provincial Organized Crime Conference on the Civility and Professionalism Panel. On November 30, 2013, he presented at the Defence Counsel Association of Ontario, The Law Foundation of Ontario, Criminal Lawyers’ Association – 2013 Junior Advocacy Program: “Section 24 Remedies.”

ALG and Mr. Big

December 4, 2013

This week, Frank and Megan represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association at the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R. v. Hart. The case calls into question the reliability and admissibility of confessions obtained using the infamous “Mr. Big” undercover technique. Read the CCLA’s factum here.

Frank Addario named in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2013

November 22, 2013

Frank Addario was nominated by his peers as one of Canada’s leading practitioners in the field of Business Crime Defence. He is one of three Toronto lawyers selected. Find out more about Who’s Who Legal here.

CLA Conference – Fall 2013

November 7, 2013

Frank and Megan spoke at the Criminal Lawyers’ Association Fall Conference last weekend. Frank gave a speech introducing the Honourable Roland (Roy) McMurtry, OC OOnt, this year’s recipient of the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Award. Megan spoke about  over-vetted search warrants – one of the CLA’s “7 Hot Button Issues by 7 Lawyers under 7 Years.” Read her paper here.

Shuffling to the SCC – an update

October 17, 2013

Today, Frank Addario and Paul Burstein argued the Conception case at the Supreme Court. Click here to see the oral argument.

Protecting the right to be present during your trial

October 10, 2013

Bill wrote a case commentary for the Ontario Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section on R. v. Jorgge, a recent case from the Court of Appeal reaffirming the importance of the defendant’s right to be present during his trial. Read Bill’s case comment here.

Shuffling all the way to the SCC – an update

May 24, 2013

The jail shuffle is on! This week, Addario Law Group and Paul Burstein  of Burstein and Bryant filed their written argument in the Conception case. The case raises important civil liberties issues about the treatment of  the mentally disordered, the judicial supervision of treatment orders and the effect of government business decisions on individual rights.

N.S. is back in court – but her niqab isn’t

May 5, 2013

Last week, Justice Norris Weisman held that sexual assault complainant N.S. had to testify without her niqab. Reporters and commentators asked Frank Addario for his take on the issue. Read about Justice Weisman’s decision here. Click here for Rosie Dimanno’s opinion.

Cross-examining the greats

May 5, 2013

Last week, Frank Addario cross-examined Pat Harris, one of the USA’s leading defence lawyers. Harris and Mark Geragos are promoting their new book Mistrial. Click here for information about the book and last week’s event.

The changing face of the Supreme Court

April 23, 2013

This week Supreme Court justice Morris Fish announced his retirement. In yesterday’s Globe and Mail article, Frank Addario and others weighed in on the effect of his departure. The Court will now have to decide some of the decade’s most interesting criminal cases without his criminal expertise and unique defence perspective.

Ontario Court of Appeal rebukes trial judge for improper conduct

April 17, 2013

In a rare move, the Ontario Court of Appeal rebuked a trial judge whose apparent bias “tarnished” the administration of justice. Frank Addario and Megan Savard successfully argued that the judge’s conduct made their client’s trial unfair. The Court of Appeal overturned the convictions. Read about the court’s decision in today’s Globe and Mail article or click here for the full judgment.

Courts bogged down by complex raccoon-beating cases

March 1, 2013

Frank Addario and others talk about the causes of court delays and offer helpful tips on how to make the wheels of justice turn faster. Read about court delays in this weekend’s Toronto Star article.

Punish people for what they do, not what they say

March 1, 2013

Frank Addario weighed in on the Supreme Court’s decision in R. v. J.F. The Court narrowed the criminal offence of conspiracy, holding that people should only be found guilty if they helped initiate the deal at the heart of a conspiracy, or help new members join in . Read about the Supreme Court’s ruling, or click here for the full judgment.

Supreme Court agrees that a witness may have to remove her niqab to guarantee a fair trial

December 21, 2012

The Supreme Court ruled that a witness may be required to remove a niqab in order to ensure that an accused person gets a fair trial.  Frank Addario represented the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, which intervened at the Supreme Court and urged the Court to rule that removal of a witness’ niqab may be important to give a defendant a fair trial.  Read the articles about the case from the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.

Doing the jail shuffle: The Supreme Court grants leave to appeal in the Brian Conception case

November 25, 2012

In May 2012, amid increasing concern about the quality of Canada’s mental health system, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that hospitals can ignore judicial treatment orders and turn away mentally ill accused like Brian Conception. Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada granted Mr. Conception’s application for leave to appeal. Frank Addario represented Mr. Conception on the leave application and will represent him on the appeal.  Read about the Court of Appeal’s decision »

Supreme Court rules that employees have privacy rights in workplace computers

October 18, 2012

The Globe and Mail reported on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Cole, released today.  The Court ruled that individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy in workplace computers and police cannot search these computers without a warrant.  Frank Addario represented Mr. Cole at the Supreme Court.  Read full article »

Attorney General to relaunch Justice on Target

October 15, 2012

The Attorney General’s Office is relaunching its Justice on Target initiative.  Law Times News reported on the decision to extend the initiative aimed at reducing delay in the provincial court system.  Frank Addario shared his thoughts on the Attorney General’s decision and his concerns about Justice on Target.  Read full article >>

Supreme Court reaffirms importance of right to silence

October 12, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada extolled the importance of the right to silence in R. v. Prokofiew, released today.  Both the majority and the dissent explained that if an accused exercises his right to silence and does not testify at trial, it cannot be used him against him.  This result was contrary to the Crown’s position asking the Court to eliminate the protection of the right to silence and allow courts to use silence as evidence of guilt.  Frank Addario argued the case on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association which was granted status as an Intervenor at the Supreme Court.  Read the full case here >>

Frank Addario receives Dianne Martin Medal for Social Justice

May 17, 2012

Osgoode Hall Law School awarded the Dianne Martin Medal for Social Justice Through Law to alumnus Frank Addario. This award is given to a member of the Canadian legal community who has demonstrated a commitment to using the law as an instrument for achieving social justice and fairness. See Osgoode’s congratulatory note to Frank »

Top court hears workplace-computer privacy case

CBC News, May 15, 2012

CBC News reported on R. v. Cole, a Crown appeal heard by the Supreme Court of Canada on May 15, 2012. Frank Addario represented the respondent, a high school teacher charged with child pornography offences related to images on his work laptop. Read full article »

Frank Addario speaks at Criminal Advocacy Summit

May 12, 2012

Frank Addario spoke on a panel with The Honourable Justice Mary Lou Benotto and Robert W. Hubbard at the Criminal Advocacy Summit on May 12, 2012. The panel discussed developing a case strategy from the perspective of the defence and the prosecution.

SCC to tackle veiled witness controversy

The Lawyers Weekly, September 30, 2011

Frank Addario and Emma Phillips represented the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, an intervener in the case of a sexual assault complainant who wanted to wear her niqab while testifying. The Lawyers Weekly interviewed Frank, who said that seeing a witness’s face remains important in criminal cases. Frank pointed to appellate deference to trial judges, the right to cross-examine, and the importance of face-to-face confrontation as indicators of the importance of demeanour for cross-examination and credibility assessments. Read full article »