Session 63: Offence Tune-Up: Robbery

On April 7th, 2015 Ms Tara MacDougall made her MCM debut with a rousing presentation on the offence of robbery. Ably assisted by Matthew Geigen-Miller, MCM'ers learned of the various definitions of robbery and the corresponding sections of the Code. A great discussion ensued about the most common errors and oversights made during an initial review of a robbery file. 

Offence Tune-Up: Robbery pwrpt

Offence Tune-Up: Robbery attendance sheet


Session 62: Section 530 & French Language Rights

On March 25th, 2015 Andrea Levans ably supervised by Caroline Thibault pulled off an MCM first: a session dedicated to the other official language. Andrea navigated us through the pitfalls and dangers of taking this stuff too lightly and warned us all of the severe consequences of failing to abide by section 530. If you had any doubt just how important this stuff is look no further to the fact that Ottawa Crown's office VIP Crown Vikki Bair was in attendance. 

Section 530: French Language Rights & Criminal Law 


Session 60: Xmas Xtravaganza

On December 17, 2014 MCM hosted it's third XTRAVAGANZA. Dallas Mack attended and spoke candidly and with helpful powerpoint presentations from actual prosecutions about presenting cell phone evidence in court. There were of course sliders. 


Session 57: Charter Litigation in the OCJ

On Wednesday October 22, 2014 Matthew Geigen-Miller presented another riveting session on the Charter application. This session was supervised by James Cavanagh and accredited for .5hrs of professionalism content.


Charter Litigation in the OCJ pwrpt (to be posted shortly) 

Attendance Sheet (to be posted shortly) 

Session 56: Group Crime Part 1

On October 8, 2014 Louise Tansey and Fara Rupert presented the first session of a two-part series on group crimes. This first session covered topics such as:

  • intro to group crimes
  • group crimes @bail hearings, remand, pre-trials and plea court
  • the legal framework including party liability and responsibility for harm

The second session scheduled for November 19, 2014 will cover: 

  • trial tactics and strategies
  • cut throat defences
  • use of co-accused statements and testimony
  • joining and severing

Group Crimes Part 1 pwrpt

Attendance Sheet

Session 54 - MCM Pleads Guilty, Again

On Wednesday August 27, 2014 MCM hosted repeat presenter Carl Lem who lead the group on a second round of discussions on the guilty plea court. The first MCM session on this topic was held in 2011 with guest presenter Dallas Mack. The 2014 redux included discussion on 

  • putting on the breaks 
  • confidential police I/As
  • contested pre-sentence orders
  • life after Summers and 
  • the surcharge

MCM Pleads Guilty powerpoint 

Attendance sheet

Session 53- I.C.E., I.C.E. Baby (an internet child exploitation primer)

On Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 Kerry McVey delivered her second MCM-Group presentation. Assistant Crown Attorney McVey was ably supervised by Assistant Crown Attorney Mark Holmes. 

From bits to hash values, production orders and dynamic entries, lurers and makers, this session has it all- a must for anyone about to prosecute an ICE file. There was great discussion on how best to present CP images to the court, what is a representative sample and the impact of the SCC's decision in R v Spencer

ICE Primer powerpoint presentation 

ICE LSUC attendance sheet (to be posted shortly)