Death of man, 87, in custody shows bail is very difficult

Victoria lawyer Michael Mulligan commenting on challenges relating to bail decisions in a Times Colonist article by Louise Dickson. An 87 year old man, with no criminal record, died in jail after his bail hearing was adjourned.  

Extreme Air Park Inc – Civil Claim for Death – Michael Mulligan on CFAX

Victoria Lawyer Michael Mulligan, on CFAX 1070, discussing the civil claim filed against Extreme Air Park Inc. on behalf of the surviving spouse and three children of Jason Greenwood. Jason Greenwood died after jumping in a foam pit at Extreme Air Park in Richmond. The legal issues discussed include the potential effects of a liability waiver […]

Impaired Driving Changes – Random Alcohol testing and THC Limits

Victoria lawyer Michael Mulligan commenting on changes to impaired driving laws in a Times Colonist article by Louise Dickson. The changes will permit random alcohol testing and will set THC limits that may not correspond with actual impairment. http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/breath-test-can-t-be-refused-under-new-drunk-driving-law-1.23355573  

Pot pardons may not solve all problems – CHEK News

Victoria lawyer Michael Mulligan commenting in story by Tess van Straaten on CHEK News: What would, and would not, be assisted by granting pardons for marijuana possession convictions. Canadian pardons are not recognized by the United States. If the United States authorities are aware of a drug conviction, they are likely to deny entry even […]

Inadequate Legal Aid Funding and BC Sues Alberta – CFAX Legally Speaking

Victoria Lawyer Michael Mulligan on CFAX 1070 – Legally Speaking – Discussing a report from the Legal Services Society on one of the impacts of inadequacy legal aid funding, as well as the BC Attorney General suing the Alberta Attorney General over Bill 12 that purports to allow the Alberta government to “turn off the […]

Criminal Contempt and the Rule of Law

Prosecutors approve criminal contempt charges against MPs May and Stewart Victoria lawyer Michael Mulligan commenting on Elizabeth May being charged with criminal contempt with respect to Kinder Morgan pipeline protest. Courts are concerned with the rule of law being undermined by willful, public breaches of court orders.

DNA from Missing Persons and Specialized Courts

Victoria Lawyer Michael Mulligan on CFAX 1070 – Legally Speaking – Discussing the expansion of the DNA Data Bank to include DNA from missing persons and various specialized Provincial Courts including the Drug Treatment Court in Vancouver, Integrated Court in Victoria, and First Nations Court. Until recently, only people convicted of various criminal offences could […]

Lawyers need to get comfortable with digital evidence

Victoria Lawyer Michael Mulligan discussing the need for lawyers to get comfortable with digital evidence in an article by Carolyn Gruske for The Lawyer’s Daily: https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/4925/lawyers-need-to-get-comfortable-with-digital-evidence

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act

Victoria Lawyer Michael Mulligan on CFAX 1070 – Discussing the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act and the case of Everett George Klippert. Bill C-66, the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act, was introduced the same day as Prime Minister Trudeau issued an apology to LGBTQ people in the public service, RCMP, and military who were systematically persecuted. […]

Online backlash grows after cat is abused in Duncan

Victoria lawyer Michael Mulligan commenting in CHEK News story by April Lawrence. The online backlash caused by the abuse of a cat in Duncan, has expanded to include information identifying young suspects and threatening them with death and bodily harm. The Youth Criminal Justice Act makes it a criminal offence, punishable by up to two […]