Criminal Law Dictionary

By popular demand (thanks for the work!), here is a listing of the criminal law terms present in our main Law Dictionary.

1892, Canada's Criminal Code

1892, Canada's Criminal Code
It all started in 1892. English criminal law had worn out its welcome.

Abortion Law in Canada

Abortion Law in Canada
Abortion is not a crime in Canada. But it is an area of the law where, beyond that simple fact, the waters are very murky.

Animal Cruelty (Canada)

Animal Cruelty Law (Canada)

Cruelty to animals elicits a strong reaction from most members of society. Canadian law's response to the issue is, to hear some tell it, either too vague and piecemeal or not strong enough. This article summarizes the "state of the art".

Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse
Advice to avoid child sexual abuse and to proof your child against it.

Corrective Force: Spanking Takes A Spanking

Corrective Force: Spanking Takes A Spanking
The law as to the use of corrective force or corporal punishment by parents or educators is in a state of flux; under heavy bombardment by some, while reluctantly defended by others.

Criminal Negligence and Dangerous Operation of Vessels

Criminal Negligence and Dangerous Operation of Vessels
Whether on water or land, the long arm of the law watches and acts against those that operate their vessel dangerously.

Criminal Procedure: An Introduction

Criminal Procedure: An Introduction
Plain and simple, basic and primer criminal procedure handbook.

Euthanasia in Canada

Euthanasia in Canada

We can choose much about how we live but the law still refuses to let us choose how to die. Once marginalized as "cultish", right-to-die activists dare to speak the "E" word (euthanasia).

Extradition From Canada

Extradition Law - Canada
For a citizen habituated to, and confident in the laws of their native or adopted land, especially one as free and democratic as Canada, extradition can be a terrifying prospect. This article looks at the extradition process, especially as it concerns extradition from Canada.

Hit and Run or Failure to Stop at Scene of an Accident

Hit and Run or Failure to Stop at Scene of an Accident
Hard to imagine a more cowardly act than a hit and run with a vehicle (or, dressed in the cryptic words of the statute, "failure to stop at scene of accident"), especially under circumstances where other persons may be hurt, be they cyclists, pedestrians or passengers. Canada's Parliament agrees and has prohibited this type of conduct in the nation's Criminal Code.

Impaired Driving and Breathalyzer Law

Impaired Driving and Breathalyzer Law
The too-frequent crime of impaired driving and related breathalyzer law, are frequent refrains at the local courthouse as the drunks, the dead and the injured are sorted.

International Criminal Court

International Criminal Court
Discover the International Criminal Court which judges some of the worst criminals, capable of genocide and war crimes. As the ICC goes through its growing pains, the day of reckoning approaches where no safe sanctuary on earth would exist for those of the ilk of Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin or Charles Tayor.

Luring A Child via the Internet

Luring A Child via the Internet
At last, a responsive offence in Canada's Criminal Code to criminalize the conduct of luring a child via the Internet for the purposes of prohibited sexual offences.

Malicious Prosecution

Malicious Prosecution
When an overzealous or bit nutty madman starts cranking out complaints about ya, ya gotta know how to fight back! Don't start a feud with a nutcase - ...

Motor Vehicle Cases

Motor Vehicle Cases
In the area of motor vehicle law, certain Court cases have helped shaped the law. Here, for your listening pleasure, are the Canada Motor Vehicle Cases - Greatest Hits.

Murder

Murder

Murder! A word which, while overused in the comic books of the world, remains the worst of crimes and against which, the criminal law stands at the ready.

Obstruction of Justice

Obstruction of Justice
Obstruction of justice is a separate crime, one which necessarily carries bite as a justice system so left unprotected would be no justice system at all.

Pardon in Canada

Pardon in Canada
Pardons are the erasure of a person's criminal record. In Canada, applications for pardons are received and considered by the National Parole Board. This article looks at the process of getting a pardon in Canada.

Parole In Canada

The releasing of a prison inmate into the general public is a very difficult decision. This article looks at Canada's parole system.

Preferred Indictment

Preferred Indictment
In criminal prosecutions, the Crown can force a matter to skip a preliminary inquiry by way of a preferred indictment.

Prostitution and Related Offenses (Canada)

Prostitution and Related Offenses (Canada)
In a peculiar state of affairs, everything related to prostitution has been regulated by Canadian criminal law except prostitution itself. This article describes what has been regulated and similar or related offences in Canada.

Self-Defence in Criminal Law

Few words in law are more loaded than a person is not responsible for an act if the act is carried-out in self‑defence of self or of another.

Stalking

Stalking
No person shall, knowing that another person is harassed or recklessly as to whether the other person is harassed, repeatedly follow, communicate, beset or watch a residence or workplace of that person, that causes that other person reasonably, in all the circumstances, to fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them.

Unbelievable Sentences

Unbelievable Sentences
Every once in a while, a decision is handed down that shocks. Sometimes, it is merely a reflection of the media coverage. Other times, even fellow judges might be found scratching their heads.