Criminal Defence Essentials (CDE) is a company that provides the best learning resources for criminal defence lawyers. Its core is our cutting-edge seminar series. Seminars are led by Peter Sankoff and a host of the country’s leading experts on criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and sentencing. Our Seminars are topical and practical, geared towards helping lawyers navigate issues that arise in before trial and in the courtroom.
In addition, Criminal Defence Essentials also offers bonus materials to subscribers, like Case Alerts, Cheat Sheets, a bi-weekly netletter The Beacon and our E-Zine “The Golden Thread”.  
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Coming up next, on April 14th, 2023

The law of sexual assault is in a constant state of evolution. In this seminar, Professor Sankoff will provide a much-needed update on the law concerning “myths and stereotypes”, section 276, and the use of an accused’s affidavit for cross-examination. Recent decisions like Kirkpatrick, McKnight and HP (ONCA) will all be considered.

Through the publishing arm of CDE, Peter has released a first book, Professor Sankoff’s Guide to Legal Writing

Professor Sankoff's Guide to Persuasive Legal Writing

E-Book and Printed Copy (includes E-Book) available

After over two decades as a law professor and lawyer, Peter Sankoff has encountered many common writing challenges faced by nearly all writers—from students to seasoned lawyers. Peter’s years of practice have underscored the fact that strong written argument is indispensable to zealous advocacy. Writing challenges impede the effectiveness of otherwise strong arguments, causing much to be lost in translation. In Professor Sankoff’s Guide to Persuasive Legal Writing, Peter shares years of accumulated tips, tricks, and guidance to take your writing to the next level. Designed with busy students and lawyers in mind, the book is filled with practical guidance, examples, and checklists to ensure tips can be easily understood and applied by readers.

For more information, to order and to read an excerpt, please click here.