Janani Shanmuganathan

Janani Shanmuganathan has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree in Criminology as well as her law degree from the University of Toronto. She was called to the bar in 2012.

Prior to joining Di Luca Dann LLP, Janani articled at a firm that specialized in criminal appeals and went on to oversee the appellate practice of another criminal law firm. In addition to experience arguing before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Janani has argued at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and was co-counsel for the Respondent at the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Nur, the case which found unconstitutional the three-year mandatory minimum sentence for possession of a firearm. Janani is also experienced in trial work. She has conducted her own trials at the Ontario Court and Superior Courts of Justice and was co-counsel on two homicide trials, both of which resulted in acquittals, and one which involved a Mr. Big operation. Janani has also spoken at continuing legal education seminars including the Annual Constitutional Cases Conference hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School.

Notable Cases

  • R. v. Lloyd, 2016 SCC 13
  • R. v. Sawh, 2016 ONCA 2776
  • R. v. Lapple, 2016 ONCA 289
  • R. v. Darteh, 2016 ONCA 141
  • R. v. Van Every, 2016 ONCA 87
  • R. v. Hussain, 2015 ONSC 7115
  • R. v. Nur, 2015 SCC 15
  • R. v. Marshall, 2015 ONCA 692
  • R. v. Aden, 2015 SKCA 59
  • R. v. Aravena, 2015 ONCA 250
  • R. v. Stromberg, 2015 ONCA 121
  • R. v. C.H., 2014 ONSC 6577
  • R. v. Jefferson, 2014 ONCA 434
  • R. v. Sadikov, 2014 ONCA 72
  • R. v. Nur, 2013 ONCA 677
  • R. v. Curry, 2013 ONCA 420

Publications and Presentations

  • 19th Annual Constitutional Cases Conference, Osgoode Hall Law School, “The Boundaries of Criminal Law”, Panelist, 2016
  • “R. v. Nur: The Supreme Court Listened, Even if Harper Hasn’t”, For the Defence, Criminal Lawyers’ Association Newsletter
  • “Mandatory Minimums: An Update”, Toronto Law Journal, July 2015
  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Women in Criminal Law Conference, “Recent Appellate Decisions”, Panelist, 2015
  • “Breakthrough in Mandatory Minimum Sentences”, with Dirk Derstine, For the Defence, Criminal Lawyers’ Association Newsletter
  • “Provocation Post- Mayuran”, For the Defence, Criminal Lawyers’ Association Newsletter
  • “Bail in Murder Cases”, with David Humphrey, Ontario Bar Association
  • “The Overrepresentation of Aboriginal Offenders in Prison: A Focus on Post-Incarceration”, National Judicial Institute