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Canadian Criminal Law in Ten Cases

Nicole O’Byrne talks to Martin Friedland about his book, Canadian Criminal Law in Ten Cases.

Canadian Criminal Law in Ten Cases explores the development of criminal justice in Canada through an in-depth examination of ten significant criminal cases. Martin L. Friedland draws on cases that went to the Supreme Court of Canada or the Privy Council, including well-known cases such as those of Louis Riel, Steven Truscott, Henry Morgentaler, and Jamie Gladue.

The book addresses such issues as wrongful convictions, the enforcement of morality, Indigenous experiences with criminal law, bail and trial delay, and the impact of the 1982 Charter of Rights on the criminal justice system.

Friedland describes in a masterful way the factual background of each case and the political, social, and economic conditions of the time. Each character – the accused, judges, and counsel – is described in detail, as are the relevant laws and procedures. Friedland includes recommendations on how the criminal justice system can be improved, such as by creating a new federal commission devoted solely to criminal justice and by the enactment by Parliament of enhanced codes of evidence and criminal law and procedure.

Canadian Criminal Law in Ten Cases is an indispensable guide to understanding the criminal justice system for lawyers, students, and anyone interested in criminal law and the administration of criminal justice.

Martin L. Friedland is a university professor of law emeritus at the University of Toronto.

Image Credit:  University of Toronto Press

Podcast series:
Witness to Yesterday
Episode 265:
Canadian Criminal Law in Ten Cases
12 April 2024
Nicole O’Byrne
Special guest:
Martin Friedland
Published by
The Champlain Society

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