Even though the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled against the appeal of a man convicted of internet child luring after corresponding with an undercover officer he thought was a 14-year-old girl, police forces should not automatically assume that all future clandestine online operations will withstand judicial scrutiny, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb.
The past relationship between the complainant and the accused cannot be introduced as evidence in sexual assault cases unless it is clearly shown to be relevant, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb.
“There’s a very common saying that context is everything,” says Webb, principal of Melanie J. Webb Barrister. “Well, sometimes context is not sufficient, especially if you are dealing with an s. 276 application.”
This is one of the top 10 tips the founder and principal of Melanie J. Webb Barrister offers on writing an effective factum for an appeal panel.