Ontario Superior Court of Justice Trials

On the Record with Scott Pearl and the Charter right to silence

On the Record, Episode 12 is about the right to silence, statements by the accused and voir dires.

Mick Hassell interviews Scott Pearl a criminal defence lawyer at Edward H. Royle & Associates.

Scott Pearl on the record with Mick HassellScott discusses statements by an accused to the Police and how such statements can be used at trial.  One’s natural impulse, despite a Charter right to silence, is to speak and explain.

The voluntariness of an accused statement can trigger a voir dire at trial.  The Crown must prove the statement is voluntary.

Please click here and scroll down to Episode 12 for Scott’s interview