Michael Spratt

Michael Spratt

Michael Spratt is a certified criminal law specialist and partner at the Ottawa criminal law firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners. He has served as a director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and as vice president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. He is an award-winning blogger co-host of the legal and political podcast The Docket. He frequently appears as an expert witness before the House of Commons and the Senate. Check more of his work at michaelspratt.com and on Twitter @mspratt.

Ontario's chief justice selection process should not be politicized by Ford and Downey

Ontario's chief justice selection process should not be politicized by Ford and Downey

We should heed the judiciary's warning: It will erode public confidence in the justice system

Why sending unsolicited dick pics should be a criminal offence

Why sending unsolicited dick pics should be a criminal offence

They are a form of assault that mostly female recipients should not endure

Dubious crime statistics: a disturbing trend of police and media misleading the public

Dubious crime statistics: a disturbing trend of police and media misleading the public

Police will tell you crime is up, but the actual numbers don't back up their self-serving analysis

Doug Ford finally paid the price for his efforts to ignore the Charter and break democracy

Doug Ford finally paid the price for his efforts to ignore the Charter and break democracy

By discarding legally enshrined rights to suit his goals, the premier showed his true colours

Doug Ford needs to show up and tell the truth at the Public Order Emergency Commission

Doug Ford needs to show up and tell the truth at the Public Order Emergency Commission

He should not hide behind parliamentary privilege and prevent the truth from coming out

What southerners can learn from the North about dispensing justice

What southerners can learn from the North about dispensing justice

The collaboration and flexibility I witnessed in my short time is in stark contrast to down South

A day in the life of a defence lawyer is about so much more than court

A day in the life of a defence lawyer is about so much more than court

Trial prep, social work and dealing with court procedures that I have no control over are the reality

It is time to address the onslaught of abuse faced by women and BIPOC journalists

It is time to address the onslaught of abuse faced by women and BIPOC journalists

Threatening anyone, including members of the media, is a crime

The Alberta government is ripping apart legal aid

Jason Kenney is gutting the system and there will be extreme consequence for justice

My recipe for justice reform success in Ontario

My recipe for justice reform success in Ontario

Doug Ford did not implement meaningful changes before, here's hoping he doesn't fail us again