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.

The Depp/Heard trial provides the perfect argument against broadcasting court proceedings

There are better ways to educate the public than exploitation

Canada's jury system does not adequately address racism and bias

Unless we can fix the systemic problems, we should scrap the system

Our justice system should not go back to normal pre-COVID days

COVID has enhanced access to justice in many ways, so let's not go backwards

R. v. Sharma puts SCC's commitment to facing injustice against Indigenous people to the test

The court can help overcome conditional sentences that have contributed to mass incarceration

Walking an ethical razor’s edge in making Tamara Lich's bail hearing political

Lawyer abdicated responsibilities in advancing convoy organizer's conspiratorial political agenda

Did Canada become a police state after a peaceful protest in Ottawa? Hardly

We should not minimize the harms inflicted by protestors and inflate the Emergencies Act's impact

Let's get over political absurdity on gun control and get to real solutions in Canada

Politicians need to be brave and get to the root of the problem

Trudeau's new law to protect health care workers will make no real difference

The real problem needs better enforcement, not new laws

Canada's great criminal defence brain drain

Defence lawyers are leaving the practice at a faster pace than ever before

Tying legal aid to a guilty plea creates the worst kind of incentive

New funding announced by Doug Ford comes with strings that will achieve the opposite of fairness