Children's Law Handbook, Fourth Edition
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-9153-5
Product Type: Book
Number of Pages: Approximately 1180 pages
Number of Volumes: 1 volume bound
Binding: softcover
Publication Date: 2019-09-23
Publisher: Carswell
Price: Price TBD

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Children's Law Handbook, Fourth Edition is a desk reference for those who work with children to quickly find and identify important legal points, issues, and consequences

The fourth edition of Children's Law Handbook is intended for those who work with children. This desk reference allows readers to quickly find and identify important legal points, issues, and consequences to consider during decision-making. Children's Law Handbook, Fourth Edition is organized and written in a style that facilitates ease of reading even for those individuals who have little or no legal background. Significant court cases that address the issues most relevant to effective practice have been carefully selected. The text begins with an in-depth, focused discussion of major legal issues followed by relevant constitutional issues, statutory considerations and case law. Legal citations are used to support and enhance the discussion of these issues. Legal references where indicated, are found on each page supporting the topics under discussion, thus enabling the reader to easily ascertain the legal sources of authority related to those particular topics.

New in this edition

Highlights of new developments and additions to this edition include:

  • Updated discussion of children providing evidence in court, and how courts should properly evaluate that evidence, including when adults testify as to events that occurred during childhood: R. v. C.K-D., 2016 SCC 41; R. v. L.M., 2014 ONCA 640; R. v. ADG, 2015 ABCA 149; R. v. Dawson, 2016 ONCA 880
  • Revised and expanded section addressing the use of children’s videotaped statements in court and the criteria for their admissibility: R. v. WDAZ, 2018 BCCA 180; R. v. Desjarlais, 2016 MBCA 69; R. v. RAH, 2017 PECA 5; R. v. Lamure, 2018 ONSC 6161; R. v. Dawson, 2016 ONCA 880
  • Explanation of the significance of the Victim's Bill of Rights Act in cases involving children as victims
  • Analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in R. v. Jarvis and its implication of children's privacy rights: R. v. Jarvis, 2019 SCC 10
  • Analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v. Magoon regarding when parental use of force may attract criminal liability: R. v. Magoon, 2018 SCC 14
  • Thorough review and commentary on the implications of Ontario’s Cannabis Act for children and youth
  • Review of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017, which replaced the Child and Family Services Act, with emphasis on the crucial Duty to Report that was extended to 18 years of age
  • Commentary on relevant changes to the Education Act and the Children’s Law Reform Act
About the Author

Marvin A. Zuker was appointed a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice in 1978.  He retired in December 2016.  He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  He holds the rank of Associate Professor at OISE/UT where he has taught Education Law since 1982.


Mr. Zuker is the author and co-author of several books, including Canadian Women and the Law and The Law is Not for Women, co-authored with June Callwood; Ontario Small Claims Court Practice (published since 1981 to the present); Education Law, co-authored with Anthony Brown (4th edition 2007); Consulting Editor, Sexual Misconduct in Education: Prevention, Reporting and Discipline with Grant Bowers and Rena Knox (2d. ed. 2006); and Children’s Law Handbook, Zuker and Kerwin(3rd ed. 2015).  He lectures frequently on a number of education law issues and serves on the Editorial Board of the “Education and Law Journal,” the “Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education,” and “Risk Management in Canadian Education.” He is the co-author of An Educator’s Guide to the Law and the Ontario College of Teachers, published by Canada Law Book in 2013.

Lynn M. Kirwin has worked as a sole practitioner, exclusively in the area of family law. She was employed as in-house counsel at Catholic Children's Aid Society from 1990 to 2008. Ms. Kirwin is a co-author of Child Protection: Practice and Procedure and Child Protection Law in Canada.
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