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.

“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

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