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Annual Review of Criminal Law 2017
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An analysis of the most significant case law and statutory developments in 2017 and their impact on the practice of criminal law in Canada.

The authors, who have written extensively on criminal law, procedure, and sentencing draw upon their varied experience to chronicle and analyze the most significant case law and statutory developments in 2017, detailing how they impact the practice of criminal law in Canada. With the new edition of Annual Review of Criminal Law, it will be like having your own expert consultants to decipher the plethora of statutory and case law.

New in this edition

Case law:

  • R. v. Antic (2017), 37 C.R. (7th) 237, 347 C.C.C. (3d) 231 (S.C.C.), pushing for a less restrictive approach to bail
  • R. v. Oland (2017), 36 C.R. (7th) 1, 347 C.C.C. (3d) 257 (S.C.C), dealing with bail pending appeal
  • R. v. Marakah, 2017 SCC 59, finding that a privacy interest remains in text messages even after they are sent
  • R. v. Jones, 2017 SCC 60, concluding that obtaining past text messages does not require a Part VI authorization
  • R. v. Cody, 2017 SCC 31, reaffirming the Jordan approach to trial within a reasonable time
  • Quebec (Directeur des poursuites criminelles et penales) c. Jodoin, considering when costs can be awarded against counsel personally
  • R. v. Grant (2016), 342 C.C.C. (3d) 514 (Ont. C.A.), concluding that potential jurors can be ordered excluded even when using the rotating triers method
  • R. v. Barton (2017), 38 C.R. (7th) 316 (Alta. C.A.), talking about the need to update jury instructions in sexual assault cases
  • R. v. Nyznik, R. v. Tariq, high-profile trial decisions in sexual assault cases
  • R. v. Barton, the Alberta Court of Appeal’s blockbuster decision on jury instructions in sexual assault cases
  • R. v. M.N., ONCA, new decisions on computer-related offences, including accessing and possessing child pornography
  • R. v. Hirsch, uttering threats via Facebook
  • R. v. Seipp, BC Court of Appeal considers the offence of failing to remain at the scene of an accident
  • R. v. Saikaley, Ontario Court of Appeal considers the offence of receiving money at a criminal interest rate
  • R. v. SDL, new decisions on electronic evidence, including authentication of e-documents (R. v. Hirsch) and admissibility of evidence by video link
  • R. v. Abbey, R. v. Shafiq, R. v. Hahemzali, R. v. McGown, new senior appellate cases on admissibility of fresh evidence on appeal
  • R. v. Barton, R. v. LS, senior appellate consideration of s. 276 applications in sexual assault cases
  • R. v. Bradshaw, SCC considers the role of corroborating evidence in the principled exception to hearsay


  • New appellate consideration of the 2013 self-defence provisions
  • First instance of previously obscure offences of polygamy and transporting a child across the border for a sexual purpose
  • New rulings on the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences for drug, firearms, and sex offences
  • Manitoba Court of Appeal considers whether the defence of duress is available for murder

Other topics discussed are:

  • New protocols issues by the Supreme Court of Canada for joint submissions on sentence
About the Author
Steve Coughlan has been at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University since 1992, where he teaches criminal law and criminal procedure, among other subjects. He has received a number of awards for his teaching, including the Dalhousie Alumni Association Award of Excellence for Teaching and the Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teacher Award. He is a co-editor of the Criminal Reports and of the National Judicial Institute's Criminal Law Essentials e-Letter. Prior to joining the faculty at Dalhousie he worked for the Law Reform Commission of Canada Criminal Procedure Project and for the Metro Community Law Clinic.
Michelle S. Lawrence is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria, where she is responsible for teaching and research in criminal law, sentencing, and evidence. She holds graduate degrees in law and criminology, including a LL.M. from the University of Cambridge and Ph.D. (Criminology) from Simon Fraser University. She completed her doctoral work as a Trudeau Scholar. Michelle previously practiced law in the Litigation Department of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Her practice comprised a diverse range of matters, including criminal litigation, extradition proceedings, and regulatory prosecutions.
Robert J. Currie is Associate Professor and Director of the Law & Technology Institute at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. His teaching areas include international & transnational criminal law, law & technology, criminal law, evidence, procedure and advocacy, and he is a past winner of the Dalhousie Law Students' Society and Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has authored and co-authored a number of books and articles, and his scholarly work has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and other courts.