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.

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

The Canadian Armed Forces has failed to deal with sexual harassment and assault

The Canadian Armed Forces has failed to deal with sexual harassment and assault

It is time to wrest control from an institution more interested in protecting itself than women

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