Michael Spratt

Michael Spratt

Michael Spratt is a certified criminal law specialist and partner at the Ottawa criminal law firm AGP LLP. 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.

Poilievre's solution to car thefts ignores reality in favour of easy politics

Poilievre's solution to car thefts ignores reality in favour of easy politics

His tough-on-crime approach is simplistic and ineffective

Ford and Downey have skewed Ontario's justice system to suit their partisan purposes

Ford and Downey have skewed Ontario's justice system to suit their partisan purposes

Prosecutors are favoured over defence counsel, altering the judiciary to suit their ideology

Judges should not cite lawyers for criminal contempt on a whim

Judges should not cite lawyers for criminal contempt on a whim

A recent incident in Hamilton shows a disturbing approach to using what should be a rare tool

Human rights violations in prison should not be shrouded in secrecy

Human rights violations in prison should not be shrouded in secrecy

We must give our justice system more tools to address misconduct by prison officials

Ontario Chief Justice's practice directive brings bureaucratic absurdity to a whole new level

Ontario Chief Justice's practice directive brings bureaucratic absurdity to a whole new level

It is not about efficiency; it's about discouraging entry into the court system

Why AG Doug Downey’s rejection of judicial candidates calls his motivations into question: Spratt

Why AG Doug Downey’s rejection of judicial candidates calls his motivations into question: Spratt

Internal documents within the Ontario government show a disturbing pattern

The best tool against Poilievre is what any slippery witness deserves: aggressive cross-examination

The best tool against Poilievre is what any slippery witness deserves: aggressive cross-examination

Like trial lawyers, reporters need to bring evidence and prepare for a counterpunch

Legalized cannabis still has a problem: broader search and seizure police powers

Legalized cannabis still has a problem: broader search and seizure police powers

The legislation allows overzealous cops to justify searches

The Liberal’s Bill C-48, which toughens bail conditions, is not ‘smart on crime.’ It’s dumb policy

The Liberal’s Bill C-48, which toughens bail conditions, is not ‘smart on crime.’ It’s dumb policy

The new law forces the presumed innocent to jump through more hoops to avoid jail

The unofficial police presence on social media tells us a lot

The unofficial police presence on social media tells us a lot

Go past the community engagement posts and you see the real story