This cutting-edge NetLetter is published bi-weekly and summarizes very recent criminal evidence judgments from Canada and other common law jurisdictions at the appellate level. Utilizing a uniform approach of case name, issues, facts, holdings and commentary, the annotative quality of the NetLetter is enhanced by topical, comparative and cross-jurisdictional references in the commentary. The content is authored by two former judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice: the Honourable Justice Casey Hill, a long-time, influential Judge, teacher, and author, and the Honourable Justice Bonnie Wein, a respected jurist and a past member of the National Jury Charge Committee. Released from the restraints of judicial office, the authors also provide evaluation of the soundness of judgment reasoning, relation to evidentiary jury charge directions, the application of similar jurisprudential authority, and suggested approaches to the evidentiary issues that lawyers or judges might consider. Read more about the authors below.
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About the Authors
The Honourable S. Casey Hill
Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) in 1994, Casey Hill was a Bencher of the then Law Society of Upper Canada, and General Counsel in the Crown Law Office Criminal, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, appearing before trial courts and arguing cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Chambered in Brampton Ontario from 1994 to 2018, he presided in one of Canada's busiest courthouses, specializing in criminal and Charter cases. A sought-out and frequent lecturer to law conferences domestically and internationally, Casey Hill is also the senior author/editor of McWilliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence (5th ed.)
The Honourable Bonnie J. Wein
Bonnie Wein sat on the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) from 1994 to 2018, in Toronto Region and Central West Region (Brampton and Orangeville). In her career with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, she had been Senior Counsel in Crown Law Office Criminal, Legal Director at the Ministry of the Environment, and Director of Legal Services of the Constitutional Law Division. As a generalist judge, she sat on criminal, civil and family law cases, and had extensive teaching responsibilities, including sitting as chair of the Federal Judges’ Judicom (computer) Committee, chair of the annual National Judicial Institute New Judges – Criminal courses, and as a member of the NJI National Criminal Jury Charges Committee.