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Are You Looking for a Cornwall Criminal Lawyer?

DUVADIE Law has handled criminal cases in Cornwall for over a decade. The offences that we have dealt with in Cornwall include kidnapping, forcible confinement, fraud, as well as weapons and drug offences. We have a strong record of gaining favourable resolutions in the jurisdiction, either via plea negotiations or at trial. 

If you have been charged with a criminal offence in Cornwall, it is imperative that you get in contact with us at the earliest opportunity, so we may begin to work to clear your name as quickly as possible.

We accept legal aid Certificates
in Cornwall


The Cornwall Courthouse is located at 29 Second Street West. This Courthouse is home to both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for the region. There are 10 courtrooms, and the local Crown Attorney’s office and the Criminal Duty Counsel office are located on site. Cornwall’s Provincial Offences Court is situated only two blocks away from the Cornwall Courthouse, at 26 Pitt Street.


The Courthouse is open between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm on weekdays. There is no security screening to pass through prior to entering the building. There is very limited free parking available at the Courthouse, but there are 5 paid parking municipal lots on the blocks surrounding the building. There is also free parking in the lots near Lamoureux Park. For a detailed map of the parking lots near the Cornwall Courthouse, please consult the City of Cornwall’s website.

If you would like more information about the courthouse, including the requirements to request interpreter services, courtroom layouts, and guides on how to prepare for court appearances, please consult the Justice Ontario website. If you have to appear in either the Ontario Court of Justice, or the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ministry of the Attorney General publishes daily court lists at 4:30 pm for the proceedings that will occur the following day. These lists are sometimes unreliable, as matters often get moved to other courtrooms on the day of the appearance. If you are required to appear at the courthouse, DUVADIE Law will ensure that you are informed of exactly where you need to be and at what time you need to be there (as soon as this information becomes available).


According to the crime data compiled by Maclean’s magazine, Cornwall ranks 76th in Canada on the Crime Severity Index (CSI), a measure which accounts for a combination of the severity and volume of reported crime that occurs within the jurisdiction. Cornwall’s overall CSI ranks above the national average. Cornwall’s reported crime rate in the following areas ranks above the national average: Criminal Assault, Sexual Assault, Impaired Driving, Drug Trafficking, Fraud, and Youth Criminal Justice Act Offences.

If you have been charged with any of these offences, and would like to obtain further information about them, please consult the following links:

For information on charges that occur in Cornwall with less frequency relative to the national average, please consult a Criminal Defence Lawyer.


R v B.D.

Facts: B.D. and her family were worried that their sibling was in an abusive relationship. B.D. and her family travelled to Cornwall to attempt to persuade the sibling to return home. B.D. and her family removed their sibling from the home, escorted him/her to their vehicle, and began to drive home. The police were called, and a kidnapping was reported. B.D. and her family were charged with kidnapping and confinement. At trial, the statements of the sibling suggesting that he/she did not consent to entering the car were contradicted by testimony from other witnesses’ stating that the sibling appeared to enter the car consensually.  

Outcome: B.D., and her family were acquitted on all charges.

Note: The identities of the clients have been changed in the above case summaries in order to preserve solicitor-client confidentiality

The above results were based on the unique factual circumstances of each case, and their similarity to your case does not guarantee a similar outcome.

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