The Lawyers Lounge Podcast

After a long morning in court, take a moment to unwind in The Lawyers Lounge. Make yourself comfortable and tune in to hear your colleagues chat about what’s new in the criminal law community.

From the publisher that brought you the Criminal Law Series, Emond Publishing presents The Lawyers Lounge podcast. Hosts Danielle Robitaille and Lisa Jørgensen cover issues of local and national importance and discuss recent criminal law cases from across Canada. Listen for practical advocacy tips, business and career advice, and life-saving hacks that every lawyer needs to know. Each 40-minute episode features distinguished guests from the defence bar, the Crown, and the media, as well as other members of the justice system from across Canada.

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Episode 12

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12. A panel discussion on sexual offence litigation: Her Majesty the Queen v. J.J., procedural barriers, and personal challenges. NEW

Join Danielle and criminal defence lawyers, Daniel Brown and Janani Shanmuganathan as they discuss the current state of sexual offence litigation in Canada.

Learn about the status of the Supreme Court of Canada case R. v. J.J. and the constitutional challenge to key provisions in the Criminal Code (ss 276 and 278) that impact sexual offence litigation. They examine the hurdles that the defence bar must overcome and how current legislation can undermine an accused’s fair trial rights. Our guests shed light on the personal and professional challenges of defending against sexual assault charges, including the uncertainty during trials and unfair media perceptions.

In a new segment called “Trial Diaries”, Danielle brings us into the courtroom, providing context to the reverse disclosure regime in section 278.92 of the Criminal Code.

Other topics include:

  • Section 276 of the Criminal Code and the exclusion of a complainant’s past sexual history.
  • Bill C-75 and the elimination of preliminary inquiries.
  • Changes to the jury process.
  • A complainant's right to be represented by outside counsel and their roles during hearings.
  • Lack of appellate guidance on sexual offence issues.
  • Lack of alternative dispute resolution methods in sexual assault cases.
  • Special Guests: Daniel Brown has a criminal trial and appellate practice and is the co-author of Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Offence Cases, 2nd Edition. Janani Shanmuganathan specializes in criminal appeals, trials, and professional discipline.

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    The Hosts of The Lawyers Lounge

    Danielle Robitaille Headshot

    Danielle Robitaille

    Danielle Robitaille has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and an LLB from Dalhousie University. She is a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP, where her practice focuses on criminal, regulatory, and disciplinary litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Danielle has appeared before all levels of court and is an active member of the Inmate Appeal Duty Counsel Program for the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In April 2016, she was appointed senior counsel to the Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch on the Independent Police Oversight Review. Danielle has lectured extensively on trial advocacy, expert evidence, and ethical issues at the Law Society of Ontario, the Federation of Law Societies, Osgoode Professional Development, the Advocates’ Society, the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, and the Ontario Court of Justice.

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    Lisa Jørgensen

    Lisa Jørgensen graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law as a Wesbrook Scholar—UBC’s highest accolade. A former top oralist and winner of the national Gale Cup Moot, Lisa also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Queen’s University. Lisa maintains a busy trial and appellate practice, focusing on criminal and constitutional litigation. Lisa regularly appears in all levels of court in Ontario, as well as in the Supreme Court of Canada and administrative tribunals. Lisa is a director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and serves on several board subcommittees. She volunteers her time with pro bono litigation and education projects, and she is committed to ensuring access to justice for all. Lisa is a regular commentator on criminal justice issues in local and national media.


    Testimonials and Reviews

    "The Lawyers Lounge gives us that missing human touch by bringing us back to reality, in a pleasant way. It offers sound advice from Lisa and Danielle, two witty, sharp and grounded criminal lawyers, who tell us how to manage that difficult client or how to connect with clients emotionally during this emotional time."




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