Preliminary Inquiry

Changes to sex assault laws threaten to undermine fair trial

Proposed changes to Canada's sex assault laws threaten to undermine the fair trial rights of accused people by forcing them to disclose evidence in their possession, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb.

Preliminary inquiry not like an ‘optional car feature’

Preliminary inquiry not like an ‘optional car feature’

Before any decisions are made about abolishing – or limiting – the preliminary inquiry in Canada, there should be careful research and consideration of the issues, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb.