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Sarah Leamon on Roundhouse Radio: What is the Mandatory Victim Surcharge?

Sarah Leamon talking on Roundhouse Radio

What is the Mandatory Victim surcharge? And how is it impacting low-income individuals convicted of a crime? Sarah Leamon, criminal defence lawyer at Acumen Law Corporation and chair of the PACE Society board, breaks down why the Mandatory Victim Surcharge is problematic and what will take place for the suspect in the Toronto van attack. Ms Leamon said: "It starts to become a real problem for people who are low income and marginalize. So where there are very large fines ordered – and often under our criminal code there are mandatory minimum fines – that judges cannot depart from. "So for some offences, you...

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Kyla Lee Interviewed on NL Local News First: Thousands of 24 hour driving prohibitions may now be overturned

The BC Supreme Court has ruled today that police officers can only issue 24 hour drug impaired driving prohibitions at the roadside and nowhere else. “It has the potential to have 24 hour prohibitions removed from thousands of people’s driving record.” Acumen Law’s Kyla Lee says it all stems from a ruling today. “Today the BC Supreme Court ruled that police officers cannot issue 24 hour prohibitions for drugs to drivers at police stations or anywhere that is not right at the roadside when they are dealing with them. This has the potential to impact thousands of cases that have already been issued...

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Kyla Lee and Paul Doroshenko on Global News BC: ‘Our 4/20 gift’: B.C. lawyers claim victory in fight over 24-hour driving prohibitions

Kyla Lee and Paul Doroshenko on Global News BC

A B.C. law firm is claiming victory in a battle over the power of police to hand out 24-hour driving prohibitions to impaired drivers. A decision rendered in B.C. Supreme Court “essentially limits the authority of police to issue them to only at the roadside,” Acumen Law lawyer Kyla Lee, who argued the case, told CKNW’s The Lynda Steele Show. B.C.’s Motor Vehicle Act empowers police to hand out the 24-hour roadside suspensions to drug- or alcohol-impaired drivers. However, Lee argued that police have been frequently handing them out, illegally, elsewhere — either at the police department, in a hospital or at another location. To...

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Kyla Lee on BC Almanac: 4:20 and a look ahead to legal recreational marijuana

Kyla Lee on CBC's BC Almanac

Criminal lawyer Kyla Lee on 4:20 and legal recreational marijuana. Kyla Lee was on CBC's BC Almanac to discuss her victory in a BC Supreme Court appeal that effectively renders all 24-hour driving prohibitions for suspected drug-impaired driving issued not at the roadside illegal. She said the ruling was going to have a "very significant impact". "Historically what we have seen," Ms Lee said. "Is police officers detaining somebody at the roadside, conducting an investigation and forming their grounds to believe that they have a  drug in their system and then taking them to the police detachment for further evidential drug testing and then serve...

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Bill C-75 Fails To Deliver Necessary Changes To The Justice System

Sarah Leamon writing for The Huffington Post

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has introduced a massive, 300-page bill to overhaul the justice system. While many aspects of Bill C-75 are intended to curb courtroom delay, others are focused on ending intimate partner violence and diversifying juries. But will this bill be effective? I recently read Bill C-75. Here's what you need to know. One of the most controversial aspects of Bill C-75 is its proposal to do away with preliminary inquiries in the vast majority of criminal proceedings. Generally speaking, preliminary inquiries are used to test the strength of the Crown's case prior to proceeding to trial. Adults charged with an indictable offence...

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Sarah Leamon in The Georgia Straight on the Canadian ban of paying for surrogacy

A Liberal MP is trying to change Canada’s surrogacy laws and expand reproductive rights for Canadians. Anthony Housefather has announced his plans to introduce a private member's bill, which would repeal the current legal prohibitions against paying for a surrogate. Current laws are surrogacy in Canada are vague...

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Sacha Roudette on Roundhouse Radio about Former CTV Reporter Paul Bliss

What happens when #MeToo goes to court? Sacha Roudette, Barrister and Solicitor with Acumen Law Corporation, chats with Gene about former CTV Reporter Paul Bliss's Case. Roundhouse Radio: What's going to happen in this law suit? Who has to prove what? How is going to be proven if in fact this does go to a court case, set the stage for us. Sacha Roudette: There's going to have to be evidence tendered, there's going to be examination of that evidence, there's going to be credibility assessments that go on on both sides, and the court will have to make a decision based...

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Sarah Leamon on CBC News: Women’s Association of Criminal Lawyers

A criminal defence lawyer based in Richmond, B.C., has created a support group for female lawyers in reaction to what she claims is rising discrimination in the field. Sarah Leamon says she created the Women's Association of Criminal Lawyers to give women in criminal law a space to address and share their concerns. Leamon, who has been in the field of criminal law for the past seven years, says she has experienced numerous forms of discrimination in and outside the courthouse. She said while the number of men and women going to school to become criminal lawyers is roughly equal, she's noticed an alarming rate of women leaving the field...

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Can Workplaces Drug Test Employees After Weed’s Legal?

Sarah Leamon writing for the Huffington Post

As the government's self-imposed deadline for marijuana legalization approaches, politicians and legislators have been working around the clock to tie up any loose ends that could potentially cause problems once the product legally hits the streets. So far, they have tackled complex issues around marijuana and driving, as well as setting age limits and guidelines around the manufacture and purchase of the product. But there is still a lot to do, and perhaps some of the biggest outstanding questions have to do with employment. Read Sarah's blog for the Huffington Post in full, here. ...

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Sarah Leamon on Calgary Today with Angela Kokott

Sarah Leamon on Calgary Today with Angela Kokott

Can workplaces drug test employees after cannabis is legal? Sarah E. Leamon, criminal defence lawyer and the chair of the board at PACE Society in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, starts the conversation. Angela Kokott posed the question: "Do we have to come up with new laws or do we just work within the existing framework." "That is the million dollar question right now," Ms Leamon replied. "One thing is clear, this issue is not going to be addressed at a federal level prior to the legalisation of cannabis in this country so it is going to be something that is going to be left up...

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