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Criminal lawyer Michael Spratt and human rights and employment lawyer Emilie Taman discuss issues at the intersection of law, politics, and policy. What happens in our courts and the halls of power affects you.

Feed your brain with answers to your most burning political and legal questions.

Check out more at: www.michaelspratt.com

And join the Docket's discord channel to chat and listen to live recordings: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

The Docket Michael Spratt, Emilie Taman

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Criminal lawyer Michael Spratt and human rights and employment lawyer Emilie Taman discuss issues at the intersection of law, politics, and policy. What happens in our courts and the halls of power affects you.

Feed your brain with answers to your most burning political and legal questions.

Check out more at: www.michaelspratt.com

And join the Docket's discord channel to chat and listen to live recordings: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    Five Four Pod on why the Supreme Court Sucks

    Five Four Pod on why the Supreme Court Sucks

    So, episode 140 – a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    We are joined by Rhiannon and Peter from the amazing 5-4 podcast to chew the fat on the United Sates Supreme Court, politicization of the justice system, and judicial pooping.

    5-4 is a podcast about how much the Supreme Court sucks. It's a progressive and occasionally profane take on the ideological battles at the heart of the Court's most important landmark cases; an irreverent tour of all the ways in which the law is shaped by politics.

    Check out all the ways you can listen to 5-4 at fivefourpod.com

    Remember, you can hang with some law nerds in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and (sometimes) listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm AGP LLP who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes or you favourite podcast app to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 43 min
    MAiD Delayed

    MAiD Delayed

    So, episode 139 – a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    We are joined by the amazing professor Daphnie Gilbert, who specializes in teaching criminal and constitutional law, to talk about the announcement that the government is delaying (again) the full implementation of Medical Assistance in Dying. 

    Daphnie's research interests lie primarily in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with a particular emphasis on equality rights, reproductive rights, medical assistance in dying (MAiD), sexual violence, and safe sport/abuse in sport. She is the Vice-Chair of Dying with Dignity and the perfect person to cut through the politics of this very important issue.

    But we start with a rant about Conservative leader, Pierre Poilievre's disingenuous spin on car thefts and Danielle Smith's attack on trans youth. Emilie also give an update on the Convoy litigation. Rants all around!

    Remember, you can hang with some law nerds in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and (sometimes) listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm AGP LLP who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes or you favourite podcast app to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 58 min
    Ontario Judicial Appointments

    Ontario Judicial Appointments

    So, episode 138 – a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    This episode we dive into the murky world of Ontario judicial appointments under the Ford government and the newly released internal documents that show a disturbing pattern of delay raise questions of political interference.

    Remember, you can hang with some law nerds in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and (sometimes) listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm AGP LLP who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes or you favourite podcast app to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 35 min
    Rachel Gilmore

    Rachel Gilmore

    So, episode 137– a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    This episode we sit down with journalist Rachel Gilmore. Some call her a lightning rod for the far right, but more accurately she is a great communicator who delivers excellent short-form news reports that expose misinformation and extremists across all the social media platforms (but not Facebook, sorry olds).

    Because of her journalism Rachel has been on the receiving end of some scary shit - online harassment, stalking, and death threats. And she has spoken out about that too.

    Why don't we do a better job or protecting journalists (and basically all non-white men) from hateful and scary harassment? Is it a problem with the laws (no) or a problem of police priorities (definitely yes)?

    This episode we break it all down with Rachel Gilmore

    You can find Rachel all over the social medias, check out her Linktree.

    Remember, you can hang with some law nerds in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and (sometimes) listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm AGP LLP who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes or you favourite podcast app to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 38 min
    The Criminal Justice System on Trial

    The Criminal Justice System on Trial

    So, episode 136 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    We are joined by Benjamin Perrin to talk about his new book, Indictment: The Criminal Justice System on Trial. Ben is a professor at the University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law and national best-selling author. He has served in the Prime Minister’s Office as in-house legal counsel and lead policy advisor on criminal justice and public safety, although his views on criminal justice have changed juuuust a little bit since then.

    Michael also rants about the governments new bail laws that were rushed through the House of Commons with little debate and no study.

    Remember, you can hang with some law nerds in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and (sometimes) listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm AGP LLP who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes or you favourite podcast app to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 34 min
    Back from a brief hiatus

    Back from a brief hiatus

    So, episode 135 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    We are back! Time to shake the dust of of the microphone and say some words! 

    After a brief catch up we offer some free advice to new law students and then take a look at some interesting cases on the Supreme Court of Canada's fall... err.. docket.

    Remember, you can hang with some law nerds in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and (sometimes) listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm AGP LLP who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes or you favourite podcast app to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
392 Ratings

392 Ratings

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Factual and entertaining Canadian Law

I love listening to The Docket, learning about Canadian law, while being entertained by bright, engaging hosts.

Shabmsk ,

One of my favourite podcasts

I enjoy listening to this podcast so much. Learned a lot about canadian law and how the justice system works. They explain all these interesting law concepts so well, easy to understand and follow. Also i think their point of views complement each other very well that it brings out different aspects of the issue they’re talking about.
Wish they released episodes more often.

Kalimata101 ,

Making a Legal Podcast interesting

Hosted by a highly respected defence lawyer, and a highly respected crown attorney, The Docket is a podcast for the layperson, not just the law person.

Emily and Michael discuss important legal issues and decisions in common language, and help to explain complex legal concepts in Canadian law.

Occasional guests bring unique perspectives on cases, and the discussions informative.

An excellent podcast.

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