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.

Sending a private investigator to follow a judge is not about ‘defending constitutional freedom’

John Carpay’s actions strike at the very heart of the Canadian justice system

Ford and Downey put their law and order promises into action in Justices of the Peace appointments

Many appointees have backgrounds in military, policing, national defence, or corrections

Trudeau government plays politics with pardon reform

The Liberals are holding hostage every person who has a criminal record

Ontario prison inmate vaccination program a failure

Outbreaks, little access to information and low vaccination rates just part of the problem

Our criminal courts are controlled by unaccountable anonymous jail guards

With COVID processes, guards have even more control over trial procedures and the rights of inmates

The revival of the Law Reform Commission is money well spent in Freeland’s budget

Buried deep in the gigantic spending document is $18 million over five years that is well worth it

Coded language from police officers is racism

When an officer says 'the White man's days are done,' there should be no doubt about his meaning

No-knock police raids need to stop

Permitting police to burst into homes is the latest absurdity in the failed battle on drugs

Doug Ford is using the pandemic as a cover for partisan changes to the judicial appointments process

His new bill is about partisan judicial appointments and weakened environmental protections

Federal government’s new legislation on diverting minor drug offences does not go far enough

Only full decriminalization will help prevent unnecessary deaths caused by addiction and drugs