May 27

Law 30 Criminal Law – intro

We’ve discussed how Criminal Law is unique among the other categories of Law in Canada. In this section, we’ll start looking at the specifics of it.

Some of the Big Ideas you should focus on in this section include:Image result for criminal law canada

  • Understand what constitutes a crime according to the Criminal Code of Canada (1985).
  • Recognize the different elements of criminal and civil law, such as purpose, role of the courts, procedures, outcomes, enforcement of sanctions, onus and burden of proof.
  • What constitutes a crime or how it is different from what is illegal.
  • How criminal law events can still overlap/be related to civil law cases.
  • The concept of “protection of society” even though a criminal offence usually has specific victims.
  • What two parts of any crime are explained within the Criminal Code itself?

Criminal Code of Canada sites:


Civil Suits That Followed Criminal Ones: (overlap of criminal law and private)





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May 15

Law 30 9.0 Criminal Law – news articles connections

Starting the Criminal Law Unit next, we’ll read through several news articles of events that have a connection to legal rights. You will have a Socrative quiz open to add your initial reactions anonymously and build from those comments added.

News Articles With Legal Connections:

  1. Tethered girl awarded damages in BC
  2. Delta motorcyclist impaired before crash with Mountie
  3. Calgary parents acquitted of manslaughter in death of daughter
  4. B.C. gay basher gets 17 months sentence
  5. Police can’t block Facebook rape images
  6. Canadian soldier pleads not guilty in Afghan death
  7. Manslaughter charge laid in Winnipeg
  8. Montreal police investigating possible hate crime
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