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Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition
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Drug Offences in Canada provides a unique and cutting-edge analysis of the legal issues that commonly arise in drug prosecutions

Not just a book on drug law, Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition provides a detailed, unique and cutting-edge analysis of all of the complex legal and strategic issues that can arise in a drug case – such as a detailed examination of conspiracy law, wiretap evidence, search and seizure, police informers, property forfeiture and criminal organizations, among others. As the leading text in its field for almost 40 years, Drug Offences in Canada has been trusted by lawyers and judges to provide an authoritative analysis on the conduct of drug cases. This acclaimed resource has been cited across all Canadian jurisdictions and at all levels of trial and appeal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. With its focused and crisp analysis so that the law, procedure and strategy can be understood quickly by busy professionals, Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition places all issues into their proper legal, historic and legislative context, often positioning issues against the broader international picture. The unparalleled breadth, depth and comprehensiveness of knowledge contained herein may help you to successfully prepare for court with just one single resource.


New in this Edition Entirely re-written and re-organized to meet the constantly evolving needs of defending and prosecuting counsel, the judiciary and investigators, Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition also includes in-depth commentary and analyses on such new, recent and increasingly complex legal issues as:


  • medical marihuana
  • drug impaired driving
  • evidentiary issues most common in drug cases
  • criminal organization offences
  • expanding provincial legislation dealing with asset forfeiture and gangs
  • extensive analysis of the seven most common defences raised in drug cases, as well as the strategies that can be used to advance them most effectively

This new edition also provides a strategic blueprint on how to challenge the Crown's case with extended analysis on: the frailties of eyewitness identification, fingerprint evidence, disreputable witnesses relied upon by the Crown, expert witness evidence, the evidence of undercover officers, including the so-called "Mr. Big" investigative strategy; as well as a unique internet research section found in no other criminal law text in Canada. In addition, Drug Offences, Fourth Edition welcomes Croft Michaelson, Q.C. to its author team, marking the first Canadian occasion ever that three barristers appointed Queen's Counsel have partnered to author a major legal textbook


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About the Author
Bruce A. MacFarlane, Q.C., is a member of the Manitoba and Alberta Bars. He spent his early years as a federal prosecutor in both provinces, appearing in all levels of courts, and rose to become Assistant Deputy Attorney General with responsibility for all federal prosecutions in Canada. In 1993 he was appointed Deputy Attorney General for Manitoba – a position he held for 12 years. Mr. MacFarlane left government in 2005, and was appointed to teach criminal law at the University of Manitoba. In 2008 until 2012 he was appointed by the United Nations as Amicus Curiae to assume conduct of several sensitive cases in an international criminal court in Europe. At present, Mr. MacFarlane provides advice to governments, law societies and private clients on a variety of criminal law issues, and continues to teach criminal law at the University of Manitoba. Throughout his career, he has published numerous scholarly writings on criminal law and evidentiary topics which have been cited by courts across Canada and by the highest courts in the U.K. and Australia. He is also a co-author of Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition, published by Canada Law Book.
Robert J. Frater, Q.C., is Chief General Counsel with the federal Department of Justice. He is a member of the Ontario Bar and is a past member of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut bars. Mr. Frater has argued numerous high-profile cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, and has also appeared in appellate courts in many provinces and territories. He has lectured and written on a wide variety of topics, including criminal law, constitutional law and advocacy, and taught a Masters of Law course on prosecutorial ethics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is also a co-author of Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition, and author of Prosecutorial Misconduct, both published by Canada Law Book.
Croft Michaelson, Q.C. , is Senior General Counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. A member of the Ontario Bar, Mr. Michaelson has prosecuted and appeared as appellate counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, on cases involving drug and terrorism offences. He also has extensive experience with complex money laundering investigations. He was instrumental in establishing a cannabis diversion program and a Drug Treatment Court in Toronto. Mr. Michaelson was Director of the Strategic Prosecution Policy Section in Ottawa from 1999-2003, has been a member of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Heads of Prosecution Committee, and a member of the Chief Justice's Advisory Committee on Criminal Trials in the Superior Court. He has been very active in criminal law and advocacy training for the past decade. He is also a co-author of Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition, published by Canada Law Book.