In this section we discuss an optional step in the criminal process - a step that is only available to a narrow set of charges - The Preliminary Inquiry. What is a Preliminary Inquiry The preliminary inquiry serves a gatekeeper function under Canadian criminal law - but only for the most seri...Perhaps the most unfamiliar aspect of the criminal process is what happens between bail and trial. This process is what I call ‘in the court system’ or, ‘the court process’. Not even this aspect of the criminal justice system was taught in law school. It is a process even more unfamiliar wit...INVESTIGATION, ARREST, and BAIL in Ontario (Part 2 of 5) Every charge begins somewhere. Our starting point: the police must have reasonable grounds to believe a criminal offence has occurred. Whether it is through a civilian calling police and reporting a crime, or police witnessing or for...In part 1 of a 5-part blog series, we discuss the major steps in the Criminal Justice System in Ontario that you can’t learn online or in Law School.