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.

Trudeau's new law to protect health care workers will make no real difference

The real problem needs better enforcement, not new laws

Canada's great criminal defence brain drain

Defence lawyers are leaving the practice at a faster pace than ever before

Tying legal aid to a guilty plea creates the worst kind of incentive

New funding announced by Doug Ford comes with strings that will achieve the opposite of fairness

Ford use of the notwithstanding clause for election law was never about protecting democracy

Critics suspected the government meant to muzzle dissent, and now we have proof

The election confirmed that Quebec does indeed have a problem with racism

Bill 21 is clearly discriminatory, targeting visible minorities on the basis or religion and culture

Sending a private investigator to follow a judge is not about ‘defending constitutional freedom’

John Carpay’s actions strike at the very heart of the Canadian justice system

Ford and Downey put their law and order promises into action in Justices of the Peace appointments

Many appointees have backgrounds in military, policing, national defence, or corrections

Trudeau government plays politics with pardon reform

The Liberals are holding hostage every person who has a criminal record

Ontario prison inmate vaccination program a failure

Outbreaks, little access to information and low vaccination rates just part of the problem

Our criminal courts are controlled by unaccountable anonymous jail guards

With COVID processes, guards have even more control over trial procedures and the rights of inmates