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Ethics and Criminal Law

The Essentials of Canadian Law
2nd edition





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Winner of the 2003 Walter Owen Book Prize (first edition)

Ethics and Criminal Law is a comprehensive survey of the ethical issues facing criminal lawyers. Topics covered include: defending a client known to be guilty; choosing and refusing clients; decision-making in criminal litigation; the duty of confidentiality and its exceptions; conflict of interest; client perjury; interviewing and preparing witnesses; plea discussions; handling incriminating physical evidence; termination of the client-lawyer relationship; and the special duties of Crown counsel.

The second edition provides an invaluable update, with hundreds of new case citations, references to the latest commentary, and analysis of the new codes of professional conduct from Canadian law societies. It also explores new topics including whether an implied undertaking attaches to criminal disclosure; the Lyttle requirement that cross-examinations be conducted in good faith; communicating with testifying witnesses; law office searches post-Lavallee; client confidentiality and new technology; the benefits and pitfalls of defence counsel contacting a complainant; the propriety of defence investigations that focus on confidential informants or involve trickery; withdrawing from a case pursuant to Cunningham; the proper role of Crown counsel at the investigative stage of a proceeding; the scope of prosecutorial discretion after Krieger and Anderson; and the impact of Nixon on Crown counsel’s ability to repudiate a plea agreement.

Acknowledgements and Dedication

Acknowledgements from the First Edition



Chapter 1: Defending the Guilty

Chapter 2: Choosing and Refusing Clients

Chapter 3: Decision Making

Chapter 4: Confidentiality

Chapter 5: Confidentiality Exceptions

Chapter 6: Conflict of Interest

Chapter 7: Client Perjury

Chapter 8: Witnesses

Chapter 9: Plea Discussions

Chapter 10: Physical Evidence Relevant to a Crime

Chapter 11: Termination of the Client-Lawyer Relationship

Chapter 12: The Prosecutor

Table of Cases


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