This article examines the effects of the Charter on selected criminal justice topics such as search and seizure, right to counsel, the trial process, the substantive criminal law and issues relating to the liberty of the subject. In order to help capture the complexity and ambiguity of the Charter's effects on criminal justice the essay is structured as a dialogue between three interlocutors: a charter optimist, a charter realist and a charter sceptic.
Roach, Kent, Twenty Years of the Charter and Criminal Justice: A Dialogue between a
Charter Optimist, a Charter Realist and a Charter Sceptic. Supreme Court Law Review, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1154612