Change law for children with addictions: Gadhia

Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia says laws need to evolve so that parents are able to compel their children into addictions treatment – even when they refuse. “It is a problem here in Canada,” she says. “Unlike the United States, Canada does not have a unified involuntary admission program into detox facilities or rehab.” As […]

Christmas parties like any other work gathering: Gadhia

It’s important to limit alcohol intake at the office Christmas party and to treat it like any other professional gathering, Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia tells Lawyers Weekly. “The last thing you want is to come into court on Monday morning with people talking about what you did on Saturday night,” she tells the legal […]

Clean needle access suit highlights troubling issues

A recently-launched lawsuit involving access to clean needles in prisons sheds light on the troubling issue of illegal security breaches, Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia says. Court documents filed this week allege a lack of sterile needles violates inmates’ Charter rights to life, liberty and security of the person. The suit is being filed against […]

Counsel of choice a key defence right: Gadhia

By Jennifer Pritchett, Associate Editor Removing a defence lawyer from a first-degree murder trial because the Crown fears part of the case could be tossed is not the way to deal with court delays and also attacks a fundamental right of the accused, says Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia. “To replace defence counsel with a […]

Court security law raises Charter, constitutional issues

Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia says Ontario’s new law that’s aimed at increasing security at courthouses and other facilities broadly expands police search powers to the point where the legislation isn’t constitutional. “They’ll get shot down by the Supreme Court on this,” she tells Law Times. Ontario’s Security for Courts, Electricity Generating Facilities and Nuclear […]

Court’s decision to strike down mandatory minimum is important

An Ontario judge’s decision to strike down the six-month mandatory minimum jail term for growing six to 200 marijuana plants for the purpose of trafficking – one of the Conservative government’s signature drug laws – is an important recognition of the individual circumstances that bring each accused person before the courts, says Toronto criminal lawyer […]

Courts will “explode” thanks to crime bill, says Roots Gadhia

CRIME BILL REACTION Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia says today’s introduction of the government’s socalled omnibus crime bill is evidence of the Tory majority “biting off its nose to spite its face.” Read Story Says Gadhia: “How unfortunate that Canadian taxpayers aren’t being told the truth about the consequences of mandatory minimum sentences. Put aside […]

Criminal law and the hazards of the job: Gadhia

TORONTO – A criminal defence lawyer who once worked on one of the biggest marijuana cases in Canadian history has been identified as the man wounded in a shooting in an upscale Toronto neighbourhood. Peter Schilling, who witnessed the attack Tuesday afternoon, says J. Randall Barrs was shot near his law office in the Yorkville […]

Crown stays pimping charges for Gadhia’s client

Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia had all pimping charges against her client stayed during a recent matter that could have become a test case for Canada’s new prostitution law. Gadhia’s client was charged with three prostitution-related charges, including procuring a person to become a prostitute, exercising control and living on the avails of prostitution of […]

Ghomeshi moves through court process quickly

Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia says it’s important to note the “exceptionally efficient” manner in which the court process was handled for former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi when he appeared Wednesday on sex assault charges – and it begs the question of whether he was given special treatment because of his celebrity status. “Some would […]

Ghomeshi’s mom is surety for his bail so he must live with her

Former CBC personality Jian Ghomeshi is required to live with his mom as a condition of his bail – set at $100,000 – and it’s likely because she provided the surety for his release, Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia tells Chatelaine magazine. Yahoo Gadhia says it is the defence’s obligation to provide a surety (or […]

Handling of Brampton courtroom shortage causes a stir

The province’s latest plan to deal with the ongoing shortage of courtrooms in Brampton – moving trials to other areas as far away as Kitchener – is prejudicial to accused persons, says Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia. “It’s wrong to expect any client who is already facing unsurmountable odds fighting the state with all of […]