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.

COVID-19 and the state

The pandemic should not be an excuse to unreasonably curtail civil liberties, says Michael Spratt

COVID-19 and Ontario’s courts

Soon the hard work will begin to prepare for a post-COVID-19 justice system, says Michael Spratt

Opioid crisis lends weight to argument for decriminalization

Decriminalizing possession of small amounts would mean users not treated as criminals, says Spratt

Peter MacKay's record on the justice file should be enough to lose him the leadership bid

A reminder of his legacy as justice minister, from Michael Spratt

Lametti’s sexual assault judicial training bill is all woke style, no substance

Training will be mandatory but support for complainants is lacking, argues Michael Spratt

“Bell Let’s Talk” campaign and the reality of Ontario’s jails

Bell, and Ontario, if they cared about mental health, would make changes in prisons, argues Michael Spratt

Where is Ottawa when provincial cuts gut the criminal legal aid system?

Feds should help carry the burden in Ontario as they have for civil litigation, says Michael Spratt

The Ontario Auditor General’s damning report

On justice, the Ontario government is spending more to do worse, argues Michael Spratt

Ontario’s judiciary doesn’t need fixing

Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey’s recent suggestions on overhauling judicial appointment process are misguided, argues Michael Spratt

Another minimum sentence bites the dust

Minimum sentences preclude courts from taking into account the specific facts of the offence or the offender, argues Michael Spratt