Trials

Room for arguments on privacy issues around internet luring


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.

Relevance key in introducing evidence of past sexual history

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.”

Criminal trials not credibility contests

A recent decision in a sexual assault appeal is a reminder of the high bar the Crown faces to achieve a conviction in a criminal trial — proving a charge beyond a reasonable doubt, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb tells AdvocateDaily.com

Decision on stayed murder charges a must-read

A decision explaining why a mentally ill man’s murder charge must be stayed because of his treatment in custody should be required reading for all members of the justice system, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb tells AdvocateDaily.com

Report shows it's key to challenge scientific evidence

A report on a Toronto laboratory’s discredited alcohol- and drug-testing process shows how important it is for child-protection lawyers to closely examine, and, where necessary, challenge scientific evidence, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb tells AdvocateDaily.com