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.

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

Systemic racism is not irrelevant in sentencing Black offenders

Ontario's top court is yet again hearing tired arguments about ignoring systemic discrimination

Criminal Code needs reforming: Let’s breathe life back into the Law Reform Commission

Elected officials have allowed Frankenstein’s monster to shamble forward

There is no reason to delay vaccinating prisoners

There are compelling reasons to move forward quickly with a comprehensive jail vaccination program

We need to stop ballooning police budgets across Canada

As crime continues to decrease, police spending should not keep going up, argues Michael Spratt

When an acquittal can mean no warm clothes to protect from winter’s chill

Funding to provide basic short-term services to inmates being released will keep everyone safe

Solitary confinement is a form of torture

Government’s Bill C-83 has not ended prolonged administrative segregation in our prisons, writes Michael Spratt

The U.S. justice system is broken

Politically motivated judicial appointments contrast with Canadian system, says Michael Spratt