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Martin's Annual Criminal Code, 2020 Edition (Print + ProView)
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Martin's Annual Criminal Code continues to deliver excellent value with the highest quality content.

Fully annotated by three of Canada's most respected criminal law experts, Martin's Annual Criminal Code continues to deliver the excellent value with the highest quality content. This text references thousands of reported and unreported cases in a practical and accessible format.

Other valuable features of Martin's Annual Criminal Code include:

  • Additional case law supplements, annotated by the author team, on the most pertinent case law developments that have subsequently occurred since the publication of the annual edition
  • 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 offence grid
  • Concordance with recent amendments
  • e-Notes containing legislative changes, directly emailed to subscribers as they become available (free of charge)

***A special legislation-only supplement (free of charge) will publish in September and include amendments to the Criminal Code as introduced by Bill C-75 and other Acts that received Royal Assent on 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, S.C. 2019, c. 29 (former Bill C-97) – amends the Criminal Code

New in this edition

Martin’s Annual Criminal Code, 2020 Edition, discusses 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 an 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 defence 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.

The Criminal Code underwent extensive amendment since publication of the 2019 edition, including those introduced by the following:

  • Cannabis Act, S.C. 2018, c. 16 (former Bill C-45)
  • An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) […], S.C. 2018, c. 21 (former Bill C-46)
  • Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act, S.C. 2018, c. 11 (former Bill C-66)
  • An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act […], S.C. 2018, c. 29 (former Bill C-51)

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About the Author

Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C., was a leading criminal defence lawyer in Canada and founding partner in the Toronto law firm of Greenspan Partners. He acted in some of Canada’s highest profile cases and was an acclaimed author and lecturer.

The Honourable Justice Marc Rosenberg was called to the bar of Ontario in 1976 and practised criminal law almost exclusively until being appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1995. He served as Director of the Criminal Lawyers' Association from 1987 to 1991 and was actively involved in the Association's educational programs for many years. He wrote many articles and papers mostly related to criminal law, evidence and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Marie Henein, LL.B., LL.M., of Henein Hutchison, LLP, practises in the areas of criminal law and administrative law at both the trial and appellate levels. One of the leading criminal lawyers, she is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal litigation and was the co-director of the Osgoode Hall Law School part time LL.M. program. Ms. Henein is the past President of the Advocates' Society and has lectured extensively in the area of criminal law.