Author Archives: Alice Woolley

About Alice Woolley

LL.M. (Yale), LL.B. (Toronto), B.A. (Toronto). Professor. Member of the Alberta Bar. Please click here for more information.

The Problem of Judicial Arrogance

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Problem of Judicial Arrogance In her remarkable new book Life Sentence (Doubleday Canada, 2016), Christie Blatchford describes the Canadian judiciary as “unelected, unaccountable, entitled, expensive to maintain and remarkably smug” (at pp. 33-34). She argues … Continue reading

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Access to Justice in Criminal Law

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Access to Justice in Criminal Law Case Commented On: R. v Moodie, 2016 ONSC 3469 (CanLII) The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees everyone the right to retain and instruct counsel on arrest or detention. What … Continue reading

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A National Code of Conduct?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: A National Code of Conduct? Document Commented On: The Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Model Code of Professional Conduct I like the Federation of Law Societies’ Model Code of Conduct. It’s not perfect.   But … Continue reading

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What Ought Crown Counsel to do in Prosecuting Sexual Assault Charges? Some Post-Ghomeshi Reflections

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: What Ought Crown Counsel to do in Prosecuting Sexual Assault Charges? Some Post-Ghomeshi Reflections Case Commented On: R v Ghomeshi, 2016 ONCJ 155 The Ghomeshi trial made me think about the ethical duties of prosecutors … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Canadian Legal Ethics Stories – 2015

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Top Ten Canadian Legal Ethics Stories – 2015 Year’s end invites assessment of what has passed. For me, that includes reflection on the most significant developments in legal ethics over the year (Reflections from … Continue reading

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