• More About Laura

    Laura Metcalfe is an associate at ALG. She maintains a criminal and regulatory law practice. She has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario and British Columbia and has represented police officers in Police Service Act hearings. Prior to joining ALG, Laura spent 5 years working with a top criminal lawyer in Toronto.
     

    Laura earned her law degree from the University of Ottawa, where she earned awards including the Regional Senior Justice Prize for highest standing in Appellate Advocacy and the Eric Bergsten Award for Winner of the Moot at the international round in Vienna at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. She also gained experience as a student intern for the judges at the Ottawa Ontario Court of Justice. She has a B.A.H. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Carleton University.

     

    Laura co-authors “A practical guide to the Charter: Section 10(b)” and “A practical guide to the Charter: Section 11(b)” together with Alan D. Gold and Michael Lacy. She is a member of the second chair litigation roster of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.

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Notable Cases

R. v. Hills, 2023 SCC 2

R. v. Brown, 2022 ONCJ 597

R. v. D.D., 2022 ONCA 786

R. v. Morash, 2021 ONCA 33

R. v. Petrolo, 2021 ONCA 59

R. v. Theriault, 2021 ONCA 51

R. v. Ahmed, 2020 ONCA 83

R. v. Brar, 2020 ONSC 474

R. v. Ghotra, 2020 ONCA 37

R. v. Lumby, 2020 OJ No. 220

R. v. Smithen-Davis, 2020 ONCA 83

R. v. Theriault, 2020 ONSC 331

R. v. Atkinson, 2019 ONSC 713

R. v. Doobay, 2019 ONSC 727

R. v. Duong, 2019 BCCA 29

R. v. Macgregor, 2019 ONCJ 8

R. v. McBride, 2018 BCSC 86

R. v. Voong, 2018 ONCJ 35

R. v. Voong, 2018 ONCJ 35

R. v. Walia, 2018 ONCA 19

R. v. McBride, 2017 BCSC 1016

Notable Media Publications

Co-author with Wes Dutcher-Walls, "Expanding the rationale of minimization to sexual, medical, and religious communications", For the Defence Vol. 42, No. 3 (September 2022)

Co-author with Alan D. Gold & Michael Lacy, A Practical Guide to the Charter: Section 10(b)(Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2020)
The Privilege against Self-Incrimination, chapter in The Law of Objections (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2019)
Co-author with Alan D. Gold & Michael Lacy, A Practical Guide to the Charter: Section 11(b)(Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2019)
Co-author with Alan D. Gold, Using the spirit of Jordan to benefit your client at the sentencing stage, For the Defence, The Criminal Lawyers’ Association Newsletter, vol. 39, no. 2
Reconsidering the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences under section 235(1)(e) post-Luxton, (2016) 6:2 Western Journal of Legal Studies