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THE POWERFUL TRUTH: Why So Many Women Won’t Report Sexual Abuse – This is a worthwhile read.

Guest blogger Garry Rodgers, former Royal Canadian sex crimes investigator, shares his perspective as to why many women still won’t report sexual abuse. He speaks about sexual abuse disclosures from his professional and personal experience. Don’t miss this incredibly informative … Continue reading


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THE JURY Pt. 4 – EMOTIONAL DAMAGE – Some trials can be horrific and disturbing. We as Judges, Crown Attorneys and defence lawyers know this all too well and it can be very difficult for jurors too. As well as financial cost there can be an even greater emotional cost.

The evidence in particularly brutal trials can leave jurors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But in many jurisdictions across the country, jurors are simply thanked and dismissed after the verdict with little or no support to cope with what they … Continue reading


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THE JURY Pt. 3 – CAN YOU AFFORD TO SERVE AS A JUROR? It’s no wonder so many try to avoid serving.

Ontario compensates jury duty far less generously than other provinces. As a result, many prospective jurors simply ask to be excused — an outcome that experts say makes justice less representative of the community.Source: Got jury duty? Ontario asks you … Continue reading


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THE JURY Pt. 2 – Presently it is a criminal offence for a juror to speak openly about and an offence to ask a juror about the jury experience. In the U.S. there is no such restriction whatsoever. The differences are huge. Should we change? That’s a tough question.

In Canada, jurors are prohibited by law from making any public comment about their deliberations or reasons for a verdict. But is it time to change the law and allow jurors to speak?Source: It’s time to let Canadian jurors speak … Continue reading


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THE JURY Pt. 1 – It is not peremptory challenges to the jurors that is the problem, rather it’s the composition of the jury pools that do not reflect the diversity of our population.

A Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation reveals how the province’s jury selection list, based on property assessment rolls, leaves many diverse Ontarians facing overwhelmingly white juries.Source: How a broken jury list makes Ontario justice whiter, richer and less like … Continue reading