Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Thursday, March 17. 2016

Today's schedule is D-AG-C-B-A

D Block Social Studies 10 - Today I have the library booked for you to continue your work on the Rebellions Editorial activity. Remember you need to determine whether the rebels were either justified in their actions or were traitors to the King and England. Remember it is 1842, five years after the rebellions and only a little has changed in the colonies (no responsible government yet, but the union of the Canadas, more equality of the churches, and more local control in governance). The editorial is due tomorrow.

C Block Law 12 - Today we'll talk about bail and pre-trial release. First I'll need you to define Bail, Recognizance and Undertaking and then work on questions 4 & 5 from page 164 along with 2, 4 and 5 from page 178 of the All About Law text. To prepare for tomorrow's Law & Order episode I'd like you to finish with question 7 from page 179: The plea negotiation has become the primary means of dispensing justice in Canada. It is effective, both for accused criminals looking to minimize their punishment and for prosecutors coping with the torrent of cases sloshing through the courts. Is it morally correct to trade the legal rights guaranteed by the Charter for convenience and cost savings? This question deals with Plea Bargains in Criminal Law. From the Department of Justice here in Canada: Broadly speaking, the promises that may be made by Crown counsel fall into three, overlapping categories: (1) promises relating to the nature of the charges to be laid (charge bargaining); (2) promises relating to the ultimate sentence that may be meted out by the court (sentence bargaining); and (3) promises relating to the facts that the Crown may bring to the attention of the trial judge (fact bargaining).

  1. Charge Bargaining
    1. Reduction of the charge to a lesser included offence;
    2. Withdrawal or stay of other charges or the promise not to proceed with other possible charges; or
    3. Promise not to charge friends or family of the defendant; or
    4. Promise to withdraw a charge in return for the defendant's undertaking to enter into a peace bond.
  2. Sentence Bargaining
    1. Promise to proceed summarily rather than by way of indictment;
    2. Promise to make a specific sentence recommendation;
    3. Promise not to oppose defence counsel's sentence recommendation;
    4. Promise to submit a joint sentencing submission;
    5. Promise not to appeal against sentence imposed at trial;
    6. Promise not to apply for a more severe penalty (for example, by not giving notice to seek a higher range of sentence based on the accused's previous conviction – s. 727 of the Criminal Code);
    7. Promise not to apply to the trial court for a finding that the accused is a dangerous offender (s. 753 of the Criminal Code) or a long–term offender (s. 753.1 of the Criminal Code);
    8. Promise to make a representation as to the place of imprisonment, type of treatment, etc.; or
    9. Promise to arrange the sentence hearing before a particular judge.
  3. Fact bargaining
    1. promise not to "volunteer" information detrimental to the accused during the sentencing hearing;
    2. promise not to mention a circumstance of the offence that may be interpreted by the judge as an aggravating factor (see, for example, the aggravating factors listed in s. 718.2(a) of the Criminal Code).

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today with Mr. Elliott we look at the British North America Act which is the foundation of Canada's Constitution. After the colonies had voted on the 72 resolutions and agreed to join the new nation they sent their 16 delegates to London to sort out the final details. While the act itself stayed in London until 1982, and has had numerous changes and amendments since its creation, it formed the basis for the way Canada is organised as a country today.

A Block Introduction to Law 9/10 - Today we are back in the library so that you may work through the Canine Caper simulation (Case 2) on the Rice University's CSI: The Experience Web Adventure . Yesterday you got a lab/work sheet for you to complete as you progress through the case.

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