Andrew Barbacki

Criminal Attorney | Montreal | Former Crown Prosecutor

Experienced  Bilingual Criminal Lawyer

  • Called to the Quebec Bar in 1976 and began his career as a Crown Prosecutor in Montreal.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Law degree from McGill University.
  •  Has held a number of prestigious positions including acting as coordinator of the Criminal Law Review for the Solicitor General of Canada in Ottawa, as well as lecturing at the Faculty of Law at McGill University, teaching Criminal Procedure.
  • Entered private practice in 1986 as a criminal defense lawyer. The hundreds of criminal trials he has been involved in include over 40 trials by judge and jury, many of which were murder cases.
  • Extensive experience prosecuting and defending white collar criminal cases such as theft and fraud, as well as a large number of successful defenses of impaired driving cases, where his science background is valuable in dealing with the technical aspects of breathalyzer issues.
  • Renowned for specialized expertise in extradition cases.

Latest Blog Posts

How juries make tough choices

Richard Henry Bain (65), accused of shooting and killing lighting technician Denis Blanchette the night of the 2012 Quebec provincial election, was found guilty of second-degree murder. He was also found guilty of three counts of attempted murder during the chaos he...
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Principles of Extradition Law

Extradition law starts with a basic principle that persons are subject to the criminal law of the country in which they find themselves and should expect to be answerable to those laws. Extradition proceedings have two important objectives: To protect the rights of...
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Recent Developments in Medical Marijuana

The Federal Court of Canada recently declared the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (‘new system’) invalid on the basis of constituting an unjustifiable infringement on the s. 7 Charter right to life, liberty and security of the person, giving the federal...
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Medical Marijuana Cultivation

In June 2013, the Government of Canada adopted the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) to ensure adequate assessment of applications for marijuana production licenses. Health Canada also makes sure that Canadians with a medical need have access to...
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Marijuana, legal or not?

In Canada, there are several offenses related to narcotics such as possession, trafficking, production, import, export and others. Recently, the Government of Justin Trudeau began a process of legalizing cannabis or marijuana in Canada. What about now? Can you find...
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Even Cop Killers Deserve a Competent Criminal Lawyer

Mr Hébert petitioned the Law Society of New Brunswick to appoint a lawyer to appeal the case after Mr Bourque was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 75 years. Commentators have questioned the performance of his lawyer, David Lutz, citing...
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Canadian Teacher on Trial for Child Sex Crimes in Indonesia

Canada's Neil Bantleman (L) attends his trial at a court in Jakarta on December 16, 2014. Bantleman and Ferdinand Tjiong deny sexually assaulting children at the Jakarta International School (JIS), which has long been favoured by expatriates and wealthy Indonesians in...
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“Prince of Pot” to Return After Extradition

On July 9th, 2014, Canada’s leading pro-marijuana activist, Marc “Prince of Pot” Emery, was released from a federal correctional institution in Mississippi after serving a 5-year sentence. The Vancouver resident was extradited to the U.S. in 2009, at age 56, where he...
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New Era Begins for Marijuana Legalization

This New Year is also Opening Day for retail stores licensed by the State of Colorado to sell marijuana to the public. For the first time the drug will be  sold legally over the counter with no medical or other authorization required. Any Colorado resident over the...
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Plea Agreements In Criminal Cases Are Not Binding

  The Supreme Court has once again reaffirmed the distinction between the principals of private law and those governing the criminal law. In a unanimous decision the court upheld the right of superior officials to review and ultimately cancel a written plea...
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