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Laurelly Dale
The media needs to adopt a more balanced narrative when covering the #MeToo movement, Toronto criminal and civil litigator Laurelly Dale tells AdvocateDaily.com. Dale, principal of Dale Law Professional Corporation, says a correction is needed to combat an overzealous media, that has, in her view crossed an ethical line in the reporting of unproven allegations against many individuals. “The way this content...
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Courtroom civility, though important, must never come at the expense of mounting a vigorous defence, says Toronto criminal lawyer and civil litigator Laurelly Dale. “If you need to make the decision between civility and defending your client, the defence of your client will win because you need to make sure they have a fair trial,” says...
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We are loyal to those that retain us. Biologists at the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) are assigned case files to process exhibits submitted to them from the police. These cases are almost always of a serious nature, involving dozens to hundreds of exhibits. What ensues are ongoing teleconferences, meetings and e-mail correspondence between the...
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Two reports that address “systemic racism” within the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) should be viewed as a call to action to build trust with Indigenous people, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale tells The Lawyer’s Daily. However, Dale, principal of Dale Law Professional Corporation, tells the online publication that she worries that media coverage of these reports could lead to further distrust. “Yes, it’s upsetting that...
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A Nunavut decision shows mandatory sentences for gun crimes inappropriately constrain judges when dealing with Aboriginal offenders, Toronto criminal and civil litigator Laurelly Dale tells AdvocateDaily.com. The fact pattern of the case rings a number of bells for Dale, who frequently acts for youthful Aboriginals charged with gun-related offences involving weapons normally used for hunting.  The judge in the...
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Dale, principal of Dale Legal Firm, says a recent spate of mass shootings has put gun violence at the top of political agendas in Canada and the U.S., noting a Time magazine documentary that collates various perspectives on the issue. “This is obviously a very heated issue, and everyone has an opinion. But because of that, it tends to be over-simplified,”...
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For better or worse, I often view the world through the lens of my criminal clients. The majority of my clients at my office in northwestern Ontario are Aboriginal. Most have not had a fair shake at life. Access to justice does not start by providing them with a lawyer at their first appearance. Access...
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In recent testimony before a House of Commons Justice Committee, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale said the elimination of preliminary hearings, as proposed by the federal government’s Bill C-75, would obstruct the administration of justice. Dale noted, in the first of her four main points, “The removal of preliminary inquiries will not save time. This will have the reverse...
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In order to deter people from using guns for violent purposes, the underpinnings of criminal behaviour need to be fully identified and understood, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. “Gun laws will not deter criminals from using guns for violent purposes. Legal gun ownership is conflated with gun violence. It is an easy scapegoat;...
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For every tragedy involving gun violence there begins a cycle: public fear and disgust; politicians scrambling to appear to “do something” through new and ever more restrictive gun laws; ever more resources are committed to gun control; and then, the mission accomplished, attention shifts. The Queen of Soul dies. A bridge collapses. A royal baby...
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