Martin's Annual Criminal Code, 2020 Edition

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Fully annotated by three of Canada's most respected criminal law experts, Martin's Annual Criminal Code, Student Edition continues to deliver excellent value with the highest quality content.

This book references thousands of reported and unreported cases in a practical and accessible format.

Valuable features include:

  • All Acts fully annotated with an extensive body of case law
  • Practical and easy-to-use format regularly referred to in court
  • Forms of charges for the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, as well as a quick-reference offense grid
  • Concordance with recent amendments

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Recent case law, including the following:

  • R. v. Jarvis, 2019 SCC 10 – According to the Supreme Court of Canada, where a teacher had surreptitiously videotaped students in a public place for a sexual purpose, the inquiry should consider the circumstances giving rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy in contexts where one would expect not to be subject to such observation or recording.
  • R. v. Morrison, 2019 SCC 15 – The Supreme Court of Canada held subs. 172.1(3) to have infringed s. 11(d) of the Charter; the “reasonable steps” requirement in subs. (4), however, does not infringe, since it does not relieve the Crown of the need to prove the accused’s actual belief regarding the complainant’s age.
  • G. v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2019 ONCA 264 – To the extent the accused were found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder and had received an absolute discharge, the Court of Appeal for Ontario held the sex offender registration provisions of the Criminal Code to be contrary to s. 15 of the Charter and of no force or effect.
  • R. v. Bird, 2019 SCC 7 – A person charged with breach of a long-term supervision order under subs. 753.3(1) cannot attack the validity of the Parole Board’s order as a defense to the charge; according to the Supreme Court of Canada, one must ask the Board to vary or remove the condition, or must apply for habeas corpus.
  • R. v. Awashish, 2018 SCC 45 – The Supreme Court of Canada held as improper the review of a disclosure order on certiorari, on the basis that the error in the decision to make the order was not jurisdictional in nature.

Legislation that received Royal Assent June 21, 2019:

  • An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts, S.C. 2019, c. 25 (former Bill C-75) – also amends the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Identification of Criminals Act
  • An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms, S.C. 2019, c. 9 (former Bill C-71) – amends the Firearms Act, the Criminal Code and related regulations
  • An Act to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts (ending the captivity of whales and dolphins), S.C. 2019, c. 11 (former Bill S-203)
  • An Act respecting national security matters, S.C. 2019, c. 13 (former Bill C-59) – amends the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act 
  • An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, S.C. 2019, c. 15 (former Bill C-77) – amends the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, and the Sex Offender Information Registration Act
  • An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bestiality and animal fighting), S.C. 2019, c. 17 (former Bill C-84)
  • Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1


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