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Is Self-Defence a Crime?

If you meet the requirements of self-defence, then it is not necessarily a crime. However, the criteria for self-defence can be a complicated area of the law to navigate, leaving many people to wonder if, having defended themselves physically or with a weapon, they will be charged with a crime.

Turning life to TV drama: Talking "Street Legal"

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Roselyn Kelada-Sedra chatting with Steve Lund and Bruce Smith

Remember that discussion about legal drama and growing up with lawyers between us and the showrunner and the lead actor of "Street Legal"? Sabsay Lawyers associate, Roselyn Kelada-Sedra, moderated the opening of the 2019 FOLA spring conference (https://fola.ca/past-fola-plenaries). A chat with actor Steve Lund and showrunner Bruce Smith revealed the origins of the reboot of "Street Legal" and the season 1 focus on the opioid crisis. 

White Collar Crime and Trust

White collar crime can have a huge impact on the reputation of a business. Instances of fraud, bribery, and other types of corporate crimes can hurt the future of a company once the news breaks and loyal customers, vendors and trading partners hear about the situation.

Acquittal Won: No one can be convicted without proof beyond a reasonable doubt

We are glad to have won our client an acquittal on the basis of a pillar of Canada's criminal judicial system: the Crown must prove that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. No matter what the crime or what the potential sentence, nothing short of this standard will do to deprive a person of their liberty according to the tenets of the Canadian system. In a case of sexual assault and sexual interference, we were able to advocate for our client by putting the evidence to this standard.

Cannabis Legalization And First-Time Users

Will cannabis legalization increase the number of first-time drug-impaired driving offenders? Health Canada's second annual survey of cannabis users showed 60 per cent of respondents know consuming marijuana affects a person’s driving ability. In 2017’s survey, only 50 per cent of respondents admitted consuming marijuana affected the user’s ability to drive.

Civility in the Court Room: Digging in to the Groia decisions

Civility in the legal profession. Some think of it as a nod to archaic forms that uphold classist underpinnings of the profession. Some think of it as the best thing about Canadian lawyers, their respect for one another and the court. Some think of it as a state body limiting the lawyer's free expression and ability to advocate for clients. Whatever your opinion is, civility is an immoveable tenet of the Rules of Professional Conduct, and it continually raises debate. What is it? What is its role? What kind of conduct reaches the level of incivility?

Your rights as a teacher facing professional misconduct charges

You may be looking back and wondering where your summer went. Whether you took a class, attended a workshop, or just spent the summer resting and preparing, the new school year came too soon. Your job as a teacher is a challenge, to say the least. Dealing with ever-increasing standards can place a lot of stress on you and your colleagues, not to mention the pressure you often feel from the parents of your students.

Why companies, not people, own the copyright to films

You are a novice screenwriter. A production company options your first script to produce the film. After the production company produces the film, will you own any portion of the copyright in the film, or will the production company own the copyright in the film in its entirety?

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