100 episodes

Criminal lawyer Michael Spratt and legal expert 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 and Emilie Taman

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Criminal lawyer Michael Spratt and legal expert 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

    Episode 126 - Back to School 3

    Episode 126 - Back to School 3

    So, episode 126 - 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.

    It is our favourite episode of the year - the one where we answer questions from super smart high school kids. What impact has BLM had on the Ottawa police, is the Youth Criminal Justice Act effective, where is the line between deterrence and totalitarianism, and much much more!


    Damn these kids are smart.

    A big thanks to Brian Beard’s grate 11 law class at Colonel-By Secondary in Ottawa for the great questions.

    And huge thanks to Emond Publishing for supporting the podcast. For our listeners, Emond is offering 10% off titles in the series. Just visit emond.ca/docket and enter code docket10 at checkout.

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    • 58 min
    Episode 125 - Only Four Times

    Episode 125 - Only Four Times

    So, episode 125 - 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.

    New documents reveal that an important federal justice reform, billed as a silver bullet reduce court backlogs and decrease racial inequities, has only been used FOUR times by the Ottawa Police.

    In 2018 the Liberal government introduced bill C-75 which contained a provision designed to divert bail breaches away from the criminal system. The government said that judicial referral hearings would “substantially increase court efficiencies” and address the “overrepresentation of marginalized communities within the criminal justice system.”

    Last week Ottawa police told the Police Services Board that over that last two years they have used the new procedure FOUR times.

    It turns out that giving new discretionary powers to people who are part of the problem does not really do very much. Especially when they never use the new power.

    And anecdotal evidence suggest this is not just an Ottawa problem.

    So, what is the government going to do now that they know their solution to a very serious problem is not working?

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    A huge thanks to Emond Publishing for supporting the podcast. For our listeners, Emond is offering 10% off titles in the series. Just visit emond.ca/docket and enter code docket10 at checkout.

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    • 33 min
    Publication Bans: Morrell Andres Won't Be Silenced

    Publication Bans: Morrell Andres Won't Be Silenced

    So, episode 124 - 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.

    Her name is Morrell Andrews and she can finally speak publicly about being sexually assaulted.

    Morrell Andrews wanted to speak out about sexual assault, but the court would not let her. So, she fought for her right to speak and had the publication ban that was imposed on her own name overturned.

    Morrell talked to us about her journey thought the justice system. But trust me, this will not be the last her from Morrell. She is a strong and powerful advocate with some

    Read her victim impact statement here: Victim Impact Statement

    Read her statement on fighting the publication ban here: Statement: Hearing to Lift Publication Ban

    And listen to episode 121 on the victim who was charged for identifying herself.

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    A huge thanks to Emond Publishing for supporting the podcast. For our listeners, Emond is offering 10% off titles in the series. Just visit emond.ca/docket and enter code docket10 at checkout.

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Federal Budget Justice Breakdown

    The Federal Budget Justice Breakdown

    So, episode 123 - 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 do the impossible - break down the 700+ page federal budget in under 40 minutes!!

    Kidding. In reality, we take a victory lap on the announcement of funding for a law reform commission and then taken a quick look at a couple of questionable justice line items in the government $100 billion budget.

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    A huge thanks to Emond Publishing for supporting the podcast. For our listeners, Emond is offering 10% off titles in the series. Just visit emond.ca/docket and enter code docket10 at checkout.

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    • 43 min
    Ford's Pandemic Police State

    Ford's Pandemic Police State

    So, episode 122 - 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.

    After months of ignoring the warnings of experts, Doug Ford, Ontario’s murder clown Premier, finally decided to take some steps to deal with the growing third wave of the COVID pandemic. But he did not close down super spreader workplaces, or legislate paid sick leave, or speed up vaccinations - no that all would make too much sense. Ford decided to give Ontario police forces the power to randomly stop people and motorists and compelled them to answer police questions.

    It was a shockingly unconstitutional and ineffective expansion of the police state. Expanded police powers won’t make things better. Restricting civil liberties and legal protections won’t stop the spread of COVID.

    It is all pure theatre from a government who, let’s be honest, doesn’t really care about these life and death issues.

    This episode, we break down the first new regulation that gave police uncheck power, and then we break down the second just as bad regulation brought in to replace the first regulation following the totally predictable public outrage.

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    A huge thanks to Emond Publishing for supporting the podcast. For our listeners, Emond is offering 10% off titles in the series. Just visit emond.ca/docket and enter code docket10 at checkout.

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Prosecuting the Victim

    Prosecuting the Victim

    So, episode 121 - 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.

    I have never been so mad. So mad that I might have forgot to turn on the mic, so apologies if the recording quality is a bit meh.

    Why so mad? An Ontario woman, who was the victim of a sexual assault, was arrested and prosecuted for violating a court order publication ban designed to protect her. Her crime? She emailed a copy of the court decision to a few friends and family members. Now she is a victim with a criminal record.

    In March, as first reported by Gordon Paul of the Waterloo Region Record and then later amplified by the Toronto Star, the woman pleaded guilty to violating a court order and was ordered by a judge to pay a fine of $2,000 plus an additional $600 victim surcharge.

    It is inexcusable that the woman’s lawyer plead her guilty and agreed to the imposition for a criminal record. It is disgusting that the Crown prosecuted her and asked for the imposition of a record. It is shocking that the police actually arrested her. It is all so so so bad.

    This is what made us so mad. So buckle up, this is going to be a bumpy ride….

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    A huge thanks to Emond Publishing for supporting the podcast. For our listeners, Emond is offering 10% off titles in the series. Just visit emond.ca/docket and enter code docket10 at checkout.

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
344 Ratings

344 Ratings

Katmcay ,

This podcast makes me feel smart

I feel like one smart cookie after listening to these two babble. Thanks for being so educational and informative. Now all my friends think I’m educated and informed

SargeantSpectacular ,

Worth listening to

Emily and Micheal are naturals. They’re fun to listen to and they have the expertise to provide useful insights into legal issues in Canada. A bit of a downside is their tendency to view all issues related to race through the lens of critical race theory. More intellectual diversity in those issues would be nice to see. But it’s only a small part of what they discuss, so overall definitely worth listening to.

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Great podcast!

This is a fantastic podcast. Informative, though provoking, timely, and enjoyable. I highly recommend it to those trying to keep up to date on criminal justice in Canada.

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