Michael Spratt is often consulted by members of the media on emerging legal and justice issues.  Many of Mr. Spratt's cases receive media attention both locally and nationally.  The following represent a selection of such articles:


Toronto Star: March 2017: Scrapping preliminary hearings 'not going to solve' problem of court delays

CBC: February 2017: Province gets 'kickback' from inmates' collect calls, lawyer says

CBC: February 2017: Liberals looking to eliminate many mandatory minimum sentences, justice minister says

CBC: February 2017: Criminal courts scramble to meet Supreme Court's new trial timelines

Globe and Mail: February 2017: Ontario prosecutors told they can skip preliminary inquiries to avoid delays

Capital News: February 2017: Majority of Ontario inmates yet to be convicted

iPolitics: Janaury 2017: Cone of silence over Mark Norman's removal fuelling rumours: lawyer

CBC: January 2016:  Elliot Lake mall collapse trial nears end

Vice: January 2017: New Video Shows Toronto Cops Tasering a Man on the Ground and Telling People Not to Film It

Toronto Star: December 2017: Criminal-record database spotty and out of date, lawyers lament

CBA National: December 2016: Will the Criminal Code finally get a makeover in 2017?

Ottawa Sun: December 2016: Province to see bail reforms, more judges and prosecutors hired, attorney general announces

iPolitics: November 2016: Thibeault 'should face charges,' says Democracy Watch co-founder

CBC: November 2016:  Creep Catchers bring vigilante tactics to Ottawa Valley

Canadian Lawyer: November 2016: Trudeau’s government should act on promises of justice reform

iPolitics: November 2016: The RCMP needs you scared — and the media seems happy to help

CBC November 2016: Government defends retroactive elements of criminal pardons law

Law Times: November 2016:  Challenge to hinge on pardon waiting period

CTV: November 2016: Take a rare look inside the notorious Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre

VICE: October 2016: Why It’s So Hard to Fire Bad Cops in Ontario

CBC: October 2016: Brampton man filmed plying woman with vodka guilty of sex assault

CBC: October 2016: 7,500 people to get texts asking for info in Frederick John Hatch homicide, OPP say

CTV: October 2016: OPP use court-obtained cell data to text over 7,500 possible murder witnesses

CBC: October 2016: How video like this can be 'very powerful' evidence in sexual assault trials

Ottawa Sun: October 2016: Police racism? It’s part of the system

CBC: September 2016: Elliot Lake mall collapse investigation needs 'second look,' resident says

Vice: September 2016: Why the Ottawa Cop Who Made Racist Facebook Comments Likely Won't Be Held Accountable

Vice Canada: September 2016: Rape Trial In Which Complainant Was Blackout Drunk Raises Questions About Consent

Canadian Lawyer: August 2016: The thin blue line: police accountability

CTV News: July 2016: Ottawa man dies after arrest that left him in a 'pool of blood'

Canadian Lawyer: July 2016: It’s been 25 years since Askov but little has changed

Vice Canada: July 2016: Calgary Man Said He’s ‘Sorry’ for Killing House Party Guests He Believed Were Werewolves

Ottawa Sun: June 2016: SPRATT: Crown bury heads in sand on bail failures

Canadian Lawyer: June 2016: The war on drugs blindly marches on

CBC News: May 2016: Lawyers, advocates call for bail reform to ease jail overcrowding

Metro: May 2016: Ottawa police officers never charged after 'egregious' Charter breaches

CBC News: May 2016: Trudeau grab an assault? Maybe technically, but PM unlikely to be charged

Ottawa Sun: May 2016: Conviction overturned after police breach woman's rights

Canadian Lawyer: May 2016: The ‘Dickensian hellscape’ of our jails

Canadian Lawyer: May 2016: Higher standard of proof required for police discipline: appeal court

Ottawa Citizen: May 2016: Editorial: Brampton drinking and driving ruling may have wide implications

iPolitics: April 2016: The Liberals say they have big plans for criminal law. So where are they?

Canadian Press: April 2016: Canada lacks full picture of issues related to bail: Justice documents

Huffington Post: April 2016: Mike Duffy Ruling Could Put Brakes On Expense Cases Against Other Senators

Maclean's: April 2016: Maclean’s on the Hill: Mike Duffy is not guilty

Sun News: April 2016: Expect Duffy to beat some -- but not all - 31 charges

CBC: April 2016: Mike Duffy ruling could put brakes on expense cases against other senators

CanadaLand: April 2016: Trial By Media, Media On Trial

The Coast: April 2016: Weapons of mass intimidation

Global News: April 2016: Duffy Trial: Crown needed to prove intent to get a conviction, says expert

Canadian Lawyer: April 2016: The Criminal Code is a weighty book — literally

Canadian Lawyer: March 2016: Obviously hard to prove

CBC: March 2016: Watchdog to probe complaint against Ottawa police in hit-and-run death

Vice: March 2016: Canadian Police Used Lie Detectors In Parliament Hill Terror Attack Investigation

Canadian Lawyer: February 2016: Think Making a Murderer can’t happen in Canada? Think again

VICE: February 2016: What the Jian Ghomeshi Trial Tells Us About Victim Blaming, Credibility, and Traumatic Memories

Toronto Star: February 2016: Local defence lawyers see strong week for Jian Ghomeshi

CBC: February 2016: What's it like to testify in a sexual assault case?

Globe and Mail: February 2016: Federal prosecutors maintain hard line on pot as legalization looms

iPolitics: February 2016: Duffy’s fraud and bribery trial hits the home stretch Monday

Vice: January 2016: Front-line Toronto Cops to get Military-Grade Assault Rifles

VICE: January 2016: We Asked Lawyers if the Prosecution in the Ghomeshi Trial is Performing as Badly as It Seems

Canadian Lawyer: January 2016: More than sunny ways needed to address mandatory minimums

BuzzFeed Canada: January 2016: The RCMP Lied That Children Were In Danger So They Could Illegally Enter A Home

Ottawa Sun: January 2016: Making a Murderer dissected by Ottawa lawyers in podcast

Huffington Post: January 2016: Toronto Police Rifle Purchase: Critic Slams Decision As 'Incredibly Misguided'

Ottawa Sun: January 2016: Trailers set up to house temp staff at Innes Rd. jail

CBC: January 2016: Making a Murderer: Ottawa lawyers dissect Netflix series on podcast

Ottawa Sun: December 2015: Inmates refuse meals to protest Innes Rd. jail conditions

Ottawa Sun: November 2015: 'Inhumane' Innes Rd. jail getting a makeover: Naqvi

Ottawa Sun: November 2015: Patrick Brazeau's slap on wrist not right: Defence lawyer

Ottawa Sun: September 2015: Beefed-up court security a foolish over-reaction

iPolitics: October 2015: Stow that spliff, Canada — you won’t be lighting up legally for a while yet

Global News: October 2015: Group threatens Liberals with new legal challenge over sex work law

Ottawa Sun: September 2015: Human and financial costs of drug war just too high: Spratt

Toronto Star: August 2015: Mounties give Pamela Wallin file to Crown, CTV reports

CTV: August 2015: RCMP investigation into Pamela Wallin's expenses handed to Crown

Law Times: August 2015: Prof concerned as legal issues sidelined by politics in Duffy case

National Post: August 2015: Michael Spratt: The public’s interest in the Mike Duffy affair

National Post: August 2015: Michael Spratt: The Duffy trial’s ironic twist

CTV News: August 2015: Wright testimony may hurt Crown's case in Duffy trial: criminal lawyer

CTV Power Play (video): August 2015: Did Wright help or hurt Duffy?

CBC (video): August 2015: Defence lawyer on Nigel Wright testimony

Ottawa Sun: August 2015: Ottawa Police Service's board's dismissal of racial data 'a disgrace'

Globe and Mail: August 2015: Five things to watch for as the Duffy trial resumes

iPolitics: August 2015: The Duffy trial: What will Nigel Wright say — and how will voters react?

CTV News: August 2015: Harper facing questions after PMO staffer spotted talking to witness at Duffy trial

Ottawa Citizen: August 2015: Ottawa jail in 'crisis' as lockdowns continue to soar

Macleans: August 2015: Election Issues 2015: A Maclean’s primer on marijuana

Ottawa Sun: July 2015: Cops need new ideas to beat Ottawa's gang issues says lawyer Michael Spratt

ICI Radio-Canada: July 2015: Des gardiens privés s'occuperont des mesures de sécurité au palais de justice d'Ottawa

OSCAR: July 2015: Getting Smart About Crime

The Lawyers Weekly: July 2015: Friedman sees opportunity lost for police scrutiny

Canadian Press: July 2015: Federal victim surcharge bound for Supreme Court, defence lawyers say

Canadian Press: June 2015: Placing Del Mastro in handcuffs, leg irons standard procedure: OPP

Global News: June 2015: Conservatives spend almost $7M defending unconstitutional legislation

Ottawa Sun: June 2015: Ottawa street checks are the 'wild west,' lawyer says

Global News: June 2015: Lawyer crowdfunding challenge to tough-on-crime law he calls ‘unfair, unconstitutional’

Globe and Mail: May 2015: Man crowdfunding his fight against the 10-year wait for a legal pardon

The Rebel: Why Mike Duffy's intent is "centrally important" to trial's outcome -- and how mud slinging could backfire

CBA National Magazine: May 2014: Crowdfunding justice

The Lawyers Weekly: May 2015: Lawyers warn bill on fast track could have unanticipated fallout

Halifax Herald: May 2015: Rehtaeh law at centre of hate speech debate

CBC: May 2015: FHRITP charges serve as deterrent — even without a conviction

MacLean's: May 2015: A rough guide to the charges against Mike Duffy

Toronto Star: May 2015: Pilot's assault conviction comes with warning to Air Canada

City News: May 2015: Duffy trial enters week 2, senate human resources employee to testify

National Post: April 2015: Michael Spratt: Don’t expect fireworks at the Mike Duffy trial

Law Times: April 2015:  Police granted extra 12 months to try to crack suspect’s computer encryption

The Law Times: The Hill: Decision against federal lawyer’s election run sparks outrage in Ottawa

iPolitics: April 2015: ‘Judicial activism’ isn’t killing Harper’s crime agenda — Harper is

CTV Canada AM: March 2015: Jury reaches an impasse

APTN: PMO ordered Justice department to re-word Criminal Code to weaken Gladue principles for Aboriginal offenders

National Post: March 2015: Michael Spratt: Conservatives have neither the law nor the facts on their side in the niqab debate

iPolitics: March 2015: Hypocrites in a hurry — Harper’s mad dash to pass C-51

iPolitics: March 2015: Key legal voices blocked from C-51 committee debate

Vice: March 2015: Some Kind of Monster: A Brief History of Harper’s Big Fat Omnibus Bills

Halifax Herald: March 2015: No-chance parole bill in spotlight

CBA National Magazine: March 2015: Life sentences without parole

Globe and Mail: February 2015: Fair trial in question for Ottawa man linked to 2007 triple homicide

Metro: February 2015: Ontario Government’s blocking of lawyer’s blog ‘troubling’

Global News: January 2015: RCMP seeking ‘accountability’ after Alberta RCMP shooter released from jail

iPolitics: January 2015: You thought your phone was private. You were wrong.

iPolitics: January 2015: Please don’t confuse Peter MacKay with facts

iPolitics: January 2015: When Peter MacKay committed sociology

iPolitics: January 2015: Life behind bars: the politics of despair

Ottawa Metro: Eight days of deliberations not surprising in Magnotta trial, say Ottawa lawyers

Ottawa Sun: December 31: Man held in Boxing Day shooting at Tanger Outlet mall

Halifax Herald: December 2014: LEGER: Eroding civil rights for political gain

CTV News: December 2014: Magnotta jury must now decide 'what was going through his mind'

iPolitics: November 2014: Prison nation: What locking up more people is costing us

iPolitics: November 2014: Franck Gervais did a dumb thing. Should it be a crime?

iPolitics: November 2014: The honour killing bill: Who’s the barbarian now?

National Magazine: November 2014: New laws for Canada's spies

CBC Radio: December 2014: Mandatory charges for domestic violence

Post Media: November 2014: Massimo Pacetti incident could be misunderstanding, former colleague says

iPolitics: November 2014: Secret witnesses? Curtailed cross-exams? The poison pill in the ‘victims’ rights bill’

National Post: November 2014: Lawyers criticize Tories’ victim’s rights bill that would give judges power to let witnesses testify anonymously

CBC Radio - Ottawa Morning: October 2014: After 20 years Ontario is making it easier to get Legal Aid

Globe and Mail: October 2014: Judge set to rule on Moncton shootings

iPolitics: October 2014: Here come the thought police

Ottawa Sun: October 2014: Barnett guilty of manslaughter, not murder: Defence

CTV Caanada AM: October 2014: Sentencing hearing for Moncton Shooter

Global News: September 2014: Magnotta trial: The art of jury selection

Global News: September 2014: Magnotta trial: What do we know? What will the trial reveal?

CTV: Canada AM: September 2014: Magnotta jury selection process similar to voodoo: lawyer

iPolitics: September 2014: Firing blind: The Harper government’s bungled crime agenda

Globe and Mail: August 2014: Serious error found in a second Tory crime bill

Metro News: August 2014: No charges for man who ‘accidentally’ broke into Trudeau family home

iPolitics: August 2014: The Harper government’s lonely struggle against reality

National Post: August 2014: Growing number of Canadian police forces bulking up with armoured vehicles

Some Honourable Members Podcast: August 2014: Privacy and Justice

Huffington Post: August 2014: Trudeau Break-In: Tory MP Ryan Leef Apologizes For Twitter Joke

CBA National Magazine: August 2014: The victim surcharge: Mandatory or not?

Global News: August 2014: Commissioner mum on new robocalls investigation after Sona verdict

iPolitics: August 2014: The creeping militarization of the police

iPolitics: July 2014: Why didn’t the Mounties charge Nigel Wright? Tactics

Ottawa Sun: July 2014: Giroux apologizes for Canada Day cop butt grab

Ottawa Sun: June 2014: Vet suffers in jail without meds

Press Progress: June 2014: 10 reasons you should be creeped out by Stephen Harper's anti-privacy agenda

CBA National Magazine: June 2014: Reactions to proposed prostitution laws

Ottawa Citizen: June 2014: Justin Ling: Spidey Senses tingling over C-13

Motherboard (Vice): June 2014: Can Canada's Likely New Privacy Commissioner Be Trusted to Watch the Watchers?

Law Times: May 2014: Sex Offender Database Lawyers expect constitutional challenge to new registry

Ottawa Sun: May 2014: Record checks a 'black mark' to some

Globe and Mail: May 2014: Law groups urge government to revamp cyberbullying bill

The Chronicle Herald: May 2014: Lawyers slam feds’ cyberbullying bill at Ottawa parliamentary committee

The Lawyers Weekly: May 2014: Judge stresses rehabilitation in illegal firearms transfer case

iPolitics: May 2014: Suddenly, it’s open season on judges

CBA National Magazine: May 2014: The cyberbullying bill at committee

iPolitics: May 2014: Does the government’s enemies list now include judges?

iPolitics: May 2014: RCMP made a ‘tactical’ decision to end Wright investigation, Spratt argues

Canadian Lawyer: April 2014: SCC defends judicial discretion in sentencing

CTV News: February 2014: Proposed sex-offender registry will not deter crime, criminal lawyer warns

Ottawa Citizen: January 2014: Suited up for court: Jail OKs wardrobe program for inmates

iPolitics: January: 2014: One law for the rich, another for everyone else

CBC Ottawa Morning: January 2014: Rowbotham applications and access to justice

Ottawa Sun: January 2014: Defence lawyer blasts legal aid decisions that end costing taxpayers more court legal wrangling, delays

iPolitics: December 2013: Mandatory victim fines: It’s not about justice

Ottawa Citizen: December 2013: Brockville judge criticizes colleagues who skirt victims fine surcharge law

iPolitics: December 2013: Presumed guilty: DNA and the police

iPolitics: November 2013: C-13: A digital Trojan horse for the surveillance state

The Chronicle Herald: November 2013: Cybercrime bill raises worries

CTV News: November 2013: Ex-PMO counsel Benjamin Perrin may face B.C. Law Society investigation

iPolitics: November 2013: Walking a razor’s edge in the Senate scandal

Toronto Sun: November 2013: Peter MacKay lashes out over judges' rebellion to victim fines

Ottawa Citizen: November 2013:  Ottawa judges thumbing noses at strict new victims’ surcharge rules

Global News: September 2013:  Conservative Party lawyer directed robocall questions during investigation: documents

Postmedia: September 2013:  Party lawyer’s presence in robocall witness interviews may pose problems, lawyers say

Ottawa Citizen: September 2013: SIU won’t investigate Ottawa police use-of-force incident

Ottawa Citizen: September 2013: Two charged after mêlée with police officers in Market

Metro News: September 2013: Accused criminals clog up Ottawa court system on bail bungling

Liberal Senate Forum: June 2013: Statement by Hon. Mobina S.B. Jaffer

Ottawa Citizen: June 2013: Ottawa jail guard fired after battering brain-damaged prisoner, ombudsman’s report reveals

Metro News: June 2013: Defence lawyers slam treatment of inmates following abuse report

Liberal Senate Forum: May 2013: Statement by Hon. Mobina S.B. Jaffer

Ottawa Citizen: April 2013: Jail suit exchange aims to keep defendants innocent of fashion crimes

Ottawa Sun: March 2013: Cellphone ruling hits all the right buttons

CBC: February 2013: Client Found Not guilty of Second Degree Murder

Metro News: November 2012: OPS use of force statistics fishy: defence lawyer

Ottawa Citizen: October 2012: What makes a “gang member” in the eyes of the law

CBC: August, 2012: Ottawa Police Take to Twitter

CBC: January 2012: Ottawa Lawyers back call for police cameras

Lawyers Weekly: December 2011: Feds ‘pandering, says CLA exec

CBC: Nov 2011: Opposition MPs try again to amend crime bill

Green Party: November 2011: Omnibus Crime Bill off Target

iPolitics: February 2011: Justice Committee asks to hear from more witnesses on Bill C-54

Ottawa Sun: February 2011: Accused sex shop robber acquitted

Ottawa Sun: February 2011: Response to Toronto Sun Article

Toronto Sun: February 2011: Lawyers group says bill aimed at perverts too tough

Liberal Senate Forum: June 2011: Statement by Hon. Art Eggleton

Liberal Senate Forum: June 2010: Statement by Hon. Lillian Eva Dyke

Law Times: December 2010: Ottawa Cops Under Fire

Ottawa Sun: December 2010: Break-in rap dismissed, judge cites ‘troubling’ police action

Capital News: April 2010: Same Offences, Different Consequences

Liberal Senate Forum: October 2009: Statement by Hon. Serge Joyal

Liberal Senate Forum: June 2009: Statement by Hon. Serge Joyal

Ottawa Citizen: November 2008: Acquittal in Ottawa Underpass Stabbing

CBC: November 2008: Ottawa man found not guilty in fatal Rideau underpass stabbing