Austin Corbett

Direct: 587-525-6755

Email: acorbett@bottoslaw.ca

Mr. Corbett is an experienced criminal lawyer practicing exclusively for the defence.  He is licensed to practice in both Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. Throughout his practice, Mr. Corbett has represented clients charged with a wide variety of Criminal offences, from minor tickets to extremely serious charges.  These charges include Murder, Fraud, Impaired DrivingDrug Offences, and in particular, Sexual Assault.

Court Experience

He has experience with both Judge and Jury trials, and has appeared in the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Court of Appeal of Alberta and the Supreme Court of Canada.  He has extensive experience with the particular intricacies of jury trials, the defence of those accused of sexual offences, and the defence of young offenders.  His practice is solely focused on Criminal Law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Mr. Corbett also holds unique experience and knowledge in difficult cases involving Internet crimes.  He has represented individuals in a number of reported court decisions regarding novel legal issues.  A selection of reported cases by Mr. Corbett is below.

He graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. After completion of his articles at another law firm, he joined Bottos Law Group in August 2015.

Volunteer Work in Criminal Law

While at the University of Alberta, Mr. Corbett focused on criminal law and the law of evidence. Mr. Corbett undertook a number of additional projects centred on Criminal Law. He worked at the Youth Criminal Defence Office in 2013 and took part in the Sopinka Criminal Trial Moot in Vancouver, BC in 2014.

Mr. Corbett was active in the volunteer organization, Student Legal Services, which helps members of the community charged with criminal offences. During that time, he served as a Dayleader, helping individuals in 2012, and as the organization’s Executive Coordinator in 2013.  He now serves on the Board of Directors for that organization, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Prison Justice Society.

Mr. Corbett assists with teaching at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, and has assisted teaching both Criminal Law and Sentencing.

Awards and Memberships

Mr. Corbett was honoured with the Emery Jamieson LLP Award for his volunteer work with SLS in November 2013. He was also the recipient of the Sylvester C McGoey Criminal Law Memorial Bursary for 2014.

In 2019 he was honoured by the Criminal Trial Lawyer’s Association as the recipient of the “Top Gunn” award for outstanding work by a junior criminal defence lawyer.

Mr. Corbett is a member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, the Law Society of Alberta, and the Law Society of the Northwest Territories.  He travels regularly to the Northwest Territories for Legal Aid and private clients.

He is willing to speak with you anytime and is happy to meet free of charge.

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Criminal Law Practice Areas:

Select Reported Cases:

  • R v Chanyi, 2016 ABPC 7
    • Client charged with obstruction of a police officer, and refusal to provide a breath sample.  Court held that the police were not entitled to arrest the Accused, as he had not committed a criminal offence, and therefore the Accused did not obstruct the police, nor was the breath demand lawful.  Client acquitted of both charges.
  • R v Marek, 2016 ABQB 18
    • Austin Corbett acted as amicus curiae (friend of the court) to assist Mr. Mark Marek in his defence of his website www.bestgore.com on a charge of public obscenity, arising from an investigation into the posting of the infamous “1 Lunatic, 1 Icepick” video created by Luka Magnotta.  The case involved a number of searches, including of Mr. Marek’s laptop.  The search was challenged by the defence as being over-broad and unreasonable.
    • The Court found that the search of Mr. Marek’s devices scooped up more than a decade’s worth of personal information and was therefore over-broad and unreasonable.  In the end, the Court excluded the evidence found from the trial of this matter, significantly advancing the state of the law in Alberta on the topic of forensic computer searches.

Education

  • McGill University, 2007, B Mus
  • University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, 2014, JD

Memberships & Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of the Northwest Territories
  • Student Legal Services - Board of Directors
  • Alberta Prison Justice Society - Treasurer
  • Criminal Trial Lawyers Association

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