Patterson Criminal Law Blog

Patterson Law’s criminal law blog is a blog commenting upon topics of interest related to Nova Scotia’s criminal justice system. We hope to address common questions, to help you in your search for answers and provide general information about the legal process.

Author: Created: 10/4/2018 1:33 PM
By Sarah White on 12/17/2019 11:35 AM
Bill C-75 takes effect as of December 18, 2019. Among the criminal-law amendments brought about by this Bill are a number of significant changes to bail law in Canada.
By Sarah White on 2/27/2019 12:28 PM
A subpoena is a written court document that compels you to attend Court.  It is a little piece of paper, with a lot of power!  Within the criminal justice system, generally, you will be subpoenaed to Court if you were a witness to a crime.   But what does it mean to be served a subpoena? What if you don’t want to go to Court?  What if you didn’t actually witness anything?
By Sarah White on 2/15/2019 8:53 AM
By Sarah White and Julianne Stevenson

A downtown Halifax dispensary is challenging Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)’s attempts to enforce a by-law requiring that the dispensary obtain a permit to operate, on the basis that the by-law has the effect of infringing Charter rights. 

By Sarah White on 10/23/2018 11:58 AM
Cannabis dispensaries in Nova Scotia, unless they are owned and operated by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) are illegal – for now.  Most people have no idea, and many people continue to support local dispensaries, despite the government’s opposition to their operation.

By Sarah White on 10/12/2018 1:16 PM

If you are arrested on Criminal Charges, you could be remanded to a Provincial Correctional Facility pending the outcome of your application for bail. How can you get released if this happens?

By Sarah White on 10/10/2018 2:48 PM
One of the most common questions people ask when faced with the possibility of criminal charges, is what will happen if I am arrested?