Date de parutionJuin 2024
Nombre de pages1812
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Watt’s Manual of Criminal Evidence, 2024 Edition

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Watt’s Manual of Criminal Evidence is the single, reliable resource you can turn to for the answers to evidentiary questions.

Authored and annotated by a renowned criminal law authority, Watt’s Manual of Criminal Evidence synthesizes all the statute and common law evidence material into one easy-to-use handbook. Designed like an annotated statute, all the statutory rules of evidence are addressed, followed by case law annotations for the Canada Evidence Act and also for selected evidentiary sections of the Criminal Code, Youth Criminal Justice Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

What’s New

Supreme Court of Canada Cases

  • R. v. McColman, 2023 SCC 8, 423 C.C.C. (3d) 423 — In cases in which uncertainty exists about the legality of police conduct, police should act with more, rather than less, prudence.

Court of Appeal Cases

  • R. v. Hunter, 2023 ABCA 201, 427 C.C.C. (3d) 444 — In assessing voluntariness, a trial judge must consider all the circumstances of the detained person and the circumstances in which D’s statement is given. This may include D’s Indigenous heritage.
  • R. v. C.E.G., 2023 NSCA 1, 422 C.C.C. (3d) 232 — Evidence rejected at the second stage of the W.(D.) analysis may be considered at the third stage in deciding whether P has proven D’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • R. v. Hunter, 2023 ABCA 201, 427 C.C.C. (3d) 444 — Repeated requests to speak to counsel do not necessarily revive the right to legal advice, provided D continues to understand their right to remain silent.
  • R. v. O’Brien, 2023 ONCA 197, 424 C.C.C. (3d) 108 — In assessing the impact of a breach, a court should consider the cumulative impact of related Charter breaches on D’s Charter-protected rights.
  • R. v. Lui, 2022 NBCA 28, 419 C.C.C. (3d) 429 — P is not required to disclose material it does not have or cannot obtain, as, for example, messages contained in the cellphone of a witness not seized by the police or otherwise within the fruits of the investigation.
  • R. v. Merritt, 2023 ONCA 3, 421 C.C.C. (3d) 1 — A partial or incomplete statement that lacks sufficient context to give meaning to the words is inadmissible when tendered as an admission.


The Honourable David Watt, K.C. is widely recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent criminal law authorities. He distinguished himself as a leader of the bar and as a trial and appellate judge during his illustrious 50-year career. David is currently a Jurist in Residence with Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein LLP. For over 14 years, he was a Judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He also served as a Judge for the Superior Court of Justice for 22 years. He was Crown Counsel in Ontario for 13 years, including eight years as Senior Crown Counsel (Criminal Law), Ministry of the Attorney General. David Watt is a well-known lecturer who taught criminal law, evidence, and procedure to law students, practitioners, and judges at several Canadian law schools and in Continuing Legal Education programs across Canada.