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Rethinking Spousal Assault Prosecutions in BC

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on June 5, 2016

Any time police receive a report of “domestic violence” in British Columbia, the response is the same. On an allegation as trifling as a shove that causes no injury, someone is arrested. At that point a very frustrating and costly entanglement with the criminal justice system begins – for not just the accused, but also […]

Kelly Ellard’s Shawshank Redemption

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on May 4, 2016

For those who don’t know or don’t remember, in 1997 Reena Virk, a 14 year old teenager, was viciously beaten by a group of classmates and murdered by her peers Kelly Ellard and Warren Glowatski. Reena, like many of us at that age, was struggling socially, and her tormentors, like some of us at that […]

Surety Bail

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on March 16, 2015

The court will typically order a “surety bail” where the charges against an accused are particularly serious or where financial consequences are necessary to minimize the risk that an accused will not comply with the terms of his release. Background A surety bail is imposed by way of a “recognizance”, a legal document the accused signs to acknowledge the terms of release ordered by […]

Peace Bonds: Peace of Mind?

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on March 16, 2015

What is a Peace Bond? In simple terms, a peace bond is a promise to abide by certain conditions on threat of criminal prosecution and liability for a sum of money.  Legally, a peace bond is imposed by court order.  The order requires the intended subject of the peace bond to enter into a “recognizance”, […]

Civil Forfeiture: Criminal Law in Disguise

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on March 16, 2015

It is heartening to see national papers like the Globe and Mail and the National Post turn a critical eye to British Columbia’s civil forfeiture regime. In British Columbia, the Civil Forfeiture Act has been in effect for several years, but only occasionally has attracted the interest of the media. It’s kind of sad that it took the involvement of […]