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The perversity: access denied means justice denied           By Lawrence Forstner

The Supreme Court of Canada’s Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin, recently told a group of students that she sees access to justice and low levels of legal aid funding for accused persons to be a major issue confronting Canadian governments and the justice sector. As someone who regularly represents people receiving legal aid, I couldn’t agree more. In one case recently, I spoke with a man that had been accused of refusing to give a breath sample at the side of the road...       ....See More

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The cost of marijuana legalization: Forstner

OTTAWA — Alberta's premier says she's worried that marijuana legalization could drive up policing and court bills her province cannot afford to pay.  The justice system is already overburdened and enforcing new pot-related measures could make things worse...       ... See More

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Lawrence Forstner, Criminal Lawyer in Oshawa, Expert Qualifications and Specialized Training:
Former Crown Attorney;  Former Probation & Parole Officer;  Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA), Sex Offender Risk Assessment, Strategic Initiatives in Community Supervision (STICS), Sex Offender Relapse Prevention, Substance Use / Anger Management Group Leader/ Trainer.   ( )

Ontario courts in need of tech updates: Forstner

It is an unfortunate reality that the technology available to most people in the developed world is still not present in Ontario’s court system, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner. “For instance, if I am on a trip to Calgary, I can Skype with my family, but if I am in my home office and I have two court appearances in different regions of the Greater Toronto Area, each only consisting of five-minute appearances, I cannot use that simple technology to appear via video in court,” ... See More

SCC ruling a 'refreshing reset to search law'

OTTAWA — Canadians can expect the texts they send to remain private — at least in some cases — even after the messages reach their destination, the Supreme Court declared...     ... See More 

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​Understanding Why Some Domestic Complainants Recant

The reasons why domestic assault complainants recant their statements is an issue that deserves further exploration to ensure everyone has access to justice, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner tells In the domestic context, most recantations are disbelieved by the Crown,” he says.  “In the criminal justice system, a complainant who recants is, unfortunately, seen as persona non grata. Defence lawyers fear talking to them, and Crown prosecutors disbelieve that they are telling the truth when they change their story."       ... See More

Judge emphasizes defendants are people, not 'faceless criminals'

A judge’s observations that courtrooms are a “world of poverty, homelessness and mental illness” are a striking reminder of the importance of treating defendants as people rather than faceless criminals, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner ... Read more 

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Forstner Uses Experience to Help Clients Steer Clear of Justice System

Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner draws on his lengthy experiencein the justice system and his personal story... Read More

Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Impaired Driving

In my first blog post, I mentioned the term therapeutic jurisprudence. For a general description of what the term means, read up about it here . It is a field I ... Read more

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Self-reps and the need for more help

More help needs to be provided for self-reps in a justice system where some accused people can’t afford counsel and don’t qualify for legal aid, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner.  “Let’s face two facts: people have a right to defend themselves in court and many people do not have the funds necessary to pay for a lawyer,” he tells   “There is a huge group of ‘sandwich’ accused people who make more money than the legal aid cut-off, yet not enough to pay two, three or four thousand dollars or more for lawyer fees.”         ... See More

Bail decisions and the value of providing reasons     By Rob Lamberti
A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling calls on judges and justices of the peace to provide explanations about how they reached a decision in a bail hearing, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner.  Too many bail decisions are being rendered without offering any explanation or reasoning as to how the bench reached that decision, he says.  “A problem with the bail system is it is so opaque,"    .... See More

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Office Locations: Forstner Law has offices right near the Oshawa Courthouse on Simcoe St. S. Lawrence  regularly makes house calls and occasionally sees clients in his home office in Ajax.

Lawrence Forstner launches a new website
Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner wants his clients to know he's committed to compassionately helping them find the best way forward after they're charged with an offence.

To effectively communicate that message, he’s designed a new website so that potential and existing clients who are researching him online will get a good sense of his advocacy style and be reassured they have options... See More