The Practitioner's Criminal Code, 2023 Edition + E-Book
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Highlights of the 2023 Edition
- Discussion of key recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions, including:
- R. v. Cowan,  S.C.J. No. 45, 2021 SCC 45 (power to limit the scope of a new trial to a particular theory of liability)
- R. v. G.F.,  S.C.J. No. 20, 2021 SCC 20 (consent)
- R. v. Strathdee,  S.C.J. No. 40, 2021 SCC 40 (joint liability)
- R. v. Khill,  S.C.J. No. 37, 2021 SCC 37 (self-defence)
- R. v. Cowan,  S.C.J. No. 45, 2021 SCC 45 (abetting and counselling offences)
- R. v. Vallières,  S.C.J. No. 10, 2022 SCC 10 (fines in lieu of forfeiture)
- R. v. Samaniego,  S.C.J. No. 9, 2022 SCC 9 (trial management power to limit cross-examination)
- R. v. White,  S.C.J. No.7, 2022 SCC 7 (incompetence of counsel by precluding accused’s right to elect mode of trial)
- R. v. Stairs,  S.C.J. No. 11, 2022 SCC 11 (search incident to arrest for officer safety within a residence)
- R. v. Tim,  S.C.J. No. 12, 2022 SCC 12 (arrest based upon a mistake of law is unlawful and contrary to s.9 of the Charter)
- R. v. C.P.,  S.C.J. No. 19, 2021 SCC 19 (disadvantaged appeal right for young persons)
- R. v. J.F.,  S.C.J. No. 17, 2022 SCC 17 (s.11(b) limit for retrials)
- R. v. Brown,  S.C.J. No. 18, 2022 SCC 18 (Section 33.1 of Criminal Code preventing accused from raising common law defence of self-induced intoxication akin to automatism violates principles of fundamental justice or presumption of innocence and infringement not justified.)
- R. v. Bissonnette,  S.C.J. No. 23, 2022 SCC 23 (S. 745.51 of Criminal Code authorizing imposition of consecutive 25-year parole ineligibility periods in cases involving multiple first degree murders infringes s. 12 of the Charter, which guarantees right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.)
- Discussion of key recent Court of Appeal cases, including:
- R v. Barreau,  O.J. No. 7082, 2021 ONCA 918 (rape-shield and oral communications)
- R. v. Martin,  N.B.J. No. 300, 2021 NBCA 53 (running away not resisting arrest)
- R. v. Tress,  A.J. No. 668, 2021 ABCA 164 (breach of trust)
- Tremblay v. R.,  Q.J. No. 264, 2019 QCCA 87 (necessity for weapon prohibition even where discharge)
- R. v. Effert,  A.J. No. 1578, 2021 ABCA 388 (self-defence)
- R. v. Zakos,  O.J. No. 681, 2022 ONCA 121 (entrapment in drug cases)
- R. v. Faudar,  O.J. No. 1904, 2021 ONCA 226 (innocent possession)
- R. v. Choudhury,  O.J. No. 4228, 2021 ONCA 560 (tenancy or occupancy of a place where an object is found does not create a presumption of possession)
- R. v. Janeiro,  O.J. No. 633, 2022 ONCA 118 (detailed consideration of significance of trace evidence (fingerprint))
- R. v. M.G.T.,  O.J. No. 4902, 2017 ONCA 736 (right to full disclosure is just one component of the right to make full answer and defence)
- Plus many more
- Discussion of recent noteworthy legislative developments, including the introduction of a new offence with respect to “conversion therapy”, as well as changes to both the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act with respect to firearms
Table of contents
Table of Cases
Glossary of Terms
Criminal Code Amendments
Criminal Code (Annotated)
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Annotated)
Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Annotated)
Youth Criminal Justice Act (Annotated)
Canada Evidence Act (Annotated)
DNA Identification Act
Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act
Criminal Records Act