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J.S. Vijaya

Criminal trial lawyer

J.S. Vijaya is an experienced criminal trial lawyer who has been practicing in the Toronto area since 1997. Vijaya grew up in the infamous Jane and Finch area in Toronto and lived in the Ontario Housing Projects for more than 15 years.

He went on to graduate from York University on the Dean’s Honour Roll, with an undergraduate degree in psychology, and obtained his law degree from Windsor Law School.

Vijaya has successfully defended hundreds of clients accused of a wide variety of criminal charges, including first-degree murder, armed robbery, possession of handguns, sexual assault, possession for the purpose of trafficking narcotics and being a member of a criminal organization. He also focuses a portion of his practice on defending young people charged with criminal offenses.

J.S. Vijaya can be reached at 416-559 9499 or Read his blog at
Bill C-43 Treats Immigrants Like CP

Bill C-43 Treats Immigrants Like Criminals

Bill C-43 The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act: An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act thus far has passed First Reading. As a criminal defence lawyer working in the multicultural city of Toronto, I will have to quickly ascertain the citizenship of my clients in the first interview and quickly advise them of the potential dire consequences if they are either refugees or non-citizens.
10/23/2012 03:07 EDT
Cops Who Lie -- Can You Believe

Cops Who Lie -- Can You Believe it?

Do bears answer the call of nature in the woods? Are telemarketers annoying? Do police officers lie in court?The answer to each question is an overwhelming YES. Those officers who believe that that the justice system is a game to be won at all costs are simply missing the point. I am happy to report, however, that the days of complete immunity for police officers who play Pinocchio in open court may be over.
05/08/2012 02:12 EDT
Hey Toews: Do You Feel

Hey Toews: Do You Feel Lucky?

Without engaging in too much hyperbole, there is a clear and profound war going on right now in Canada between those who value reason and those who choose to engage in deliberate, crass fear-mongering. I implore you all to embrace reason and value the freedoms that we still enjoy in this country.
02/18/2012 11:44 EST
Veiled Threat: Niqab in the Getty Images

Veiled Threat: Niqab in the Courtroom

I have conducted hundreds of trials. I can tell you that during trial many things go on simultaneously in the courtroom. The cross-examiner listens and watches very carefully to every inflection, every movement, every subtle change of mood, and facial tics that the witness conveys while testifying.
12/21/2011 03:50 EST
Guns and Gangs in Canada and the Warm Blanket of Flickr: [puamelia]

Guns and Gangs in Canada and the Warm Blanket of Fear

In the modern world, we are encouraged to live in a constant state of fear. There are gang members behind each display of graffiti. Politicians eager to exploit the fear embedded in our collective psyche keep demanding tougher mandatory minimum legislation and endless funding to "fight crime."
08/31/2011 09:29 EDT
Jury Prejudice: Is the Presumption of Innocence getty

Jury Prejudice: Is the Presumption of Innocence Possible?

The transference of the dark, hidden prejudices within our society is often a subtle process and in Canada these realities are never obvious on the surface. We are all subject to the same prejudices and preferences that permeate the social ether at large.
07/22/2011 03:32 EDT
Toronto G20: Kettle-Cooked CP

Toronto G20: Kettle-Cooked Justice

Today, we all know the facts that have come to our attention since the G20 police crackdown, but to the best of my knowledge, no police department has ever apologized for the black-shirted, baton wielding assault of our constitutional rights.
07/05/2011 07:54 EDT