Over the last number of years there has been an ever increasing amount of ideological legislation aimed at criminal justice issues.  Much of this legislation is driven by short term political considerations.  This new legislation does not only affect those who are charged with an offence. Quite often the proposed legislation will have long term negative impacts on all members of society. 

Mr. Spratt is frequently requested by parliamentarians and organizations to appear before parliamentary committees to give expert evidence on new criminal law legislation. 

Mr. Spratt views these appearances as a way to hold the government to account for their legislative choices.  As a proponent of evidence based policy Mr. Spratt is not afraid to speak truth to those in power; as such he is often (although not always) in strong opposition to new legislation.      

Mr. Spratt's testimony is often referenced by Members of Parliaments and Senators in the political debates that follow the committee hearings.  Many of these references can be located on the Open Parliament website.

Criminal law and its application to individual cases is always changing and evolving.  Through his work in parliament Mr. Spratt has developed an expertise in determining how new laws will affect his clients.


Transcripts of Mr. Spratt’s Testimony:

Bill C-25: Pre-sentence custody (Senate 2009)

Bill C-14: Organized Crime (Senate 2009)

Bill S-4:  Identity Theft (Senate 2009)

Bill C-268:  Minimum Sentences for Human Trafficking (Senate 2010)

Bill C-4: YCJA (House 2010)

Bill C-54: Protecting Children from Sexual Predators Act (House 2011)

Bill C-41: An Act to Amend the National Defence Act (House 2011)

Bill C-21: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sentencing for Frauds) (Senate 2011)

Bill C-2: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Mega-Trials) (Senate 2011)

Bill C-299: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Kidnapping of Young Person) (House 2012)

Bill C-26: The Citizen’s Arrest and Self-Defence Act (Senate 2012)

Bill C-55: Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v Tse Act (House 2013)

Bill C-309: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (concealment of identity) (Senate 2013)

Bill C-299: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Kidnapping of Young Person) (Senate 2013)

Bill C-498: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (restriction on offenders) (House 2013)

Bill C-444: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer) (Senate 2014)

Bill C-394, An Act to amend the Criminal code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment) (Senate 2014)

Bill C-13: An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (House 2014)

Bill C-13:  An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (Senate 2014)

Bill S-7: An Act to amend the Immigration Refugee and Protection Act, the Civil Marriage Act and the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Senate 2014)

Bill C-26: An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Sex Offender Information Registration Act, to enact the High Risk Child Sex Offender Database Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act) (House 2015)

Bill C-32: An Act to enact the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and to amend certain Acts (Senate 2015)

Bill C-26: An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Sex Offender Information Registration Act, to enact the High Risk Child Sex Offender Database Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Senate 2015)

Bill S-7: An Act to amend the Immigration Refugee and Protection Act, the Civil Marriage Act and the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (House 2015)

Bill C-51: An Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts (Senate 2015)

 Bill C-2: An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Senate 2015)

Bill C-35: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (law enforcement animals, military animals and service animals) (Senate 2015)

 BILL C-242, an act to amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture) (House 2016)

Bill C-226, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences in relation to conveyances) and the Criminal Records Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Impaired Driving) (House 2016)

Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (House 2017)