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.

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

A wish list for federal justice reform

A wish list for federal justice reform

Despite supporting evidence and past promises by the federal government, criminal justice system reform is unlikely, writes Michael Spratt

Criminal justice policy should be publicly debated during election campaigns

Criminal justice policy should be publicly debated during election campaigns

Campaign frontrunners have remained silent on reforming the justice system, says Michael Spratt

Trudeau Liberals failed on justice file

Trudeau Liberals failed on justice file

Michael Spratt argues that despite promises to be better than Conservatives, the Liberal record comes up short

Reactionary legislating makes for bad law

Reactionary legislating makes for bad law

Michael Spratt argues that eliminating peremptory challenges – in the wake of the Colten Boushie case – defeats the intended purpose

When Legal Aid is a political prop, Access to justice suffers

When Legal Aid is a political prop, Access to justice suffers

Michael Spratt analyses the aftermath of Ontario’s Legal Aid funding cuts

Brawling in professional sports: A criminal-law perspective

Brawling in professional sports: A criminal-law perspective

Does a professional sports contract include a get-out-of-jail-free card for assault?

CCTV cameras don't deter crime, so why does Ottawa want them?

CCTV cameras don't deter crime, so why does Ottawa want them?

In the wake of several fatal shootings in Ottawa’s ByWard Market the city’s mayor Jim Watson desperately reached for the lowest of low hanging fruit – he wants to install CCTV surveillance cameras.

More is needed than judicial education for sexual assault law

Sometimes judges make mistakes. Sometimes they get the facts wrong. Sometimes it’s the law. Mistakes are often corrected by appeal courts. That is how our system works. And although nothing is perfect, our system works pretty well.

Ontario needs another Leslie Frost, not another Caroline Mulroney

There were lots of reasons to fire Caroline Mulroney. So very, very many reasons.