Dog Attacks and Bites

When Dogs Attack: Part 1 – Who is Responsible?

In Canada, a dog owner may be liable for injuries their dog inflicts on another person. A person who is attacked by a dog may sue the dog’s owner in law, specifically in tort law. Tort law was created and developed by the courts to address both intentional and unintentional acts that cause injury to another person. Continue Reading

Subpoena

So, You’ve Been Subpoenaed to Testify at the Trial of the Driver of the Vehicle Who Hit You

If you witness or were involved in a motor vehicle collision, you may receive a subpoena requiring you to appear and testify as a witness at the trial for any civil or criminal proceedings commenced in connection with the accident.  In a civil trial, witnesses may be called by both the plaintiff and the defendant. In a criminal trial, witnesses may be called by the prosecution or by the defence on behalf of the accused. This post is intended to provide a brief explanation of what to do if you receive a subpoena and why it is important that you clearly understand the process you are being called upon to participate in. As a subpoena is an order from a court, it should not be ignored or brushed aside. Failing to comply with a court order can result in serious consequences including but not limited to warrants for your arrest being issued and/or charges being laid.   Continue Reading

I have been Arrested – What are my Rights?

Police in Canada have broad powers to arrest individuals whom they encounter.  An arrest is a powerful tool that has serious legal implications for the arrested person.  Importantly, an arrested person is not free to leave police custody and can no longer freely go about their business.  Attempting to escape a lawful arrest can result in criminal charges, not to mention an unpleasant encounter with police.  Continue Reading