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Children's Law Handbook, Third Edition
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The third edition of this desk reference is intended for those who work with children and allows readers to quickly find and identify important legal points, issues and consequences to consider during decision-making. Children's Law Handbook is organized and written in a style that facilitates ease of reading even for those individuals who have little or no legal background. Significant court cases that address the issues most relevant to effective practice have been carefully selected. The text begins with an in-depth, focused discussion of major legal issues followed by relevant constitutional issues, statutory considerations and case law. Legal citations are used to support and enhance the discussion of these issues. Legal references where indicated, are found on each page supporting the topics under discussion, thus enabling the reader to easily ascertain the legal sources of authority related to those particular topics. Highlights of new developments and additions to this edition include:
  • Review of child protection legislation across Canada dealing with the issue of domestic violence
  • Updated and revised discussion of children giving evidence in court, including use of screens in cases involving child witnesses, ability of child to testify via closed-circuit television, children and victim impact statements, and new case law for child protection cases involving consideration of facts that might be judicially considered by court: Children's Aid Society of Toronto v. C. (J.) (2013, ONCJ); Children's Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk v. P. (K.) (2013, ONSC)
  • New section reviewing mechanisms for enforcing custody / access orders and alternative dispute resolution regarding custody and access
  • Charter rights and medical treatment orders in child protection proceedings, including issue of withdrawal of life support: Manitoba (Director of Child & Family Services) v. C. (A.) (2009, SCC); Children's Aid Society of Toronto v. P. (L.) (2010, ONCJ); Alberta (Director, Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act) v. L. (D.) (2012, ABQB)
  • Review of 2012 amendments to the Youth Criminal Justice Act following the enactment of the Safe Streets and Communities Act (S.C. 2012, c. 1), including revisions to the purposes and principles of sentencing: R. v. A.A.Z. (2013, MBCA); R. v. S.N.J.S. (2013, BCCA); R. v. Z.R.K. (2013, MBCA)
  • Expanded section on cyber-bullying and discussion of recent case law: A.B. v. Bragg Communications Inc. (2012, SCC)
About the Author

Marvin A. Zuker was appointed a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice in 1978.  He retired in December 2016.  He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  He holds the rank of Associate Professor at OISE/UT where he has taught Education Law since 1982.


Mr. Zuker is the author and co-author of several books, including Canadian Women and the Law and The Law is Not for Women, co-authored with June Callwood; Ontario Small Claims Court Practice (published since 1981 to the present); Education Law, co-authored with Anthony Brown (4th edition 2007); Consulting Editor, Sexual Misconduct in Education: Prevention, Reporting and Discipline with Grant Bowers and Rena Knox (2d. ed. 2006); and Children’s Law Handbook, Zuker and Kerwin(3rd ed. 2015).  He lectures frequently on a number of education law issues and serves on the Editorial Board of the “Education and Law Journal,” the “Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education,” and “Risk Management in Canadian Education.” He is the co-author of An Educator’s Guide to the Law and the Ontario College of Teachers, published by Canada Law Book in 2013.

Lynn M. Kirwin has worked as a sole practitioner, exclusively in the area of family law. She was employed as in-house counsel at Catholic Children's Aid Society from 1990 to 2008. Ms. Kirwin is a co-author of Child Protection: Practice and Procedure and Child Protection Law in Canada.
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