Tag Archives: criminal law

What’s the difference between a indictable and summary conviction offence in Canadian law?

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, there are three types of offences: summary conviction offences, indictable offences, and those offences where the Crown may elect to proceed by summary conviction or by indictment.  For those types of Crown election offences,…

Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost?

 Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…

Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost a State?

Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…

Trouble Brewing? Paris Hilton Arrested Again on Drug Charge

What happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas. Paris Hilton was arrested on Friday evening and charged with possession of cocaine, her second drug-related charge this year. Police allegedly detected marijuana smoke and followed it to a Cadillac…