Legally Speaking – 2 million in cash to be returned and another Trans Mountain Pipeline appeal

  The British Columbia Director of Civil Forfeiture ordered to return $2 million in cash that was seized as part of the largest money-laundering case in BC history, due to misconduct at an ex parte hearing. The decision can be found here and the reasons on the original ex parte hearing here. “The Court must […]

Victoria area woman with Bell’s palsy failing breathalyzer fuels calls for change

Victoria Lawyer Michael Mulligan commenting in Global News story by Richard Zussman. Sober drivers, who are unable to provide breath samples as a result of physical disabilities, are being subjected to fines and driving prohibitions. Mulligan says the change “runs real risk of capturing innocent people” and should be changed to allow people to properly […]

Impaired Driving by Drugs – Any Detectable Amount

Times Colonist Story by Louise Dickson – Under Canada’s new impaired-driving laws, it’s a criminal offence to have “any detectable amount” of cocaine, methamphetamine, magic mushrooms, LSD, ketamine or PCP in your blood. “You can do a very careful analysis of blood and detect a minute amount of some drug, but there’s no reason to think […]

Broader drink-drive law raises concerns about discrimination

Victoria Criminal Lawyer Robert Mulligan, Q.C., discussing the potentially discriminatory impact of changes to impaired driving laws in a Times Colonist story by Katie DeRosa. “The concern is that this broadened power will facilitate potentially inequitable or discriminatory effects,” Mulligan said. “If you can make demands of anyone who is lawfully stopped, such as during […]

Canadian Lawyer Magazine – Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and Legal Aid

Canadian Lawyer Magazine article discussing the Lawyers Rights Watch Canada submissions on Legal Aid in British Columbia. Issues include not only decades of legal aid underfunding, as a result of revenue from a special tax on legal services being diverted from its intended purpose, but also the need for legal aid to be delivered by […]

Crown disclosure problems revealed in failed high-profile money laundering case

Victoria Criminal Lawyer Michael Mulligan commenting in CBC story by Jason Proctor concerning the challenges created by the accidental disclosure of information that reveals the identity of confidential police informants. If information is unnecessarily redacted the Crown can wind up in breach of its disclosure obligations, or, in the worst-case scenario, an innocent person could wind […]

Legal Aid Review

Victoria lawyer Michael Mulligan compares the B.C. government’s review of the way legal aid is delivered in this province to assessing the dinner menu on the Titanic. – Article by Louise Dickson / Times Colonist https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/legal-aid-review-just-a-start-attorney-general-says-1.23514692  

Pot pardons may provide little help at the border

Pot pardons may provide little help at the border Criminal-record suspensions don’t mean everything goes away: Victoria lawyer Michael Mulligan, in a Vancouver Sun article by Matt Robinson, discussing how a criminal record suspension (pardon) will, and will not, assist someone who has been convicted of a marijuana-related offence. https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/pot-pardons-may-provide-little-help-at-border