Michael Crystal

Crystal Cyr Barristers

309 Cooper Street, Suite 310 Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 0G5


Michael Crystal has worked for some of this country's leading law firms, including Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales, Borden Ladner Gervais, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson and Pinkofsky Lockyer. As a criminal lawyer, he has been retained by both the United Kingdom and the Republic of South Africa. Currently, Mr. Crystal's practice includes criminal trial and appellate law at every level of court in Ontario.

In addition to practicing law Mr. Crystal has taught evidence at the University of Ottawa Law School and published widely on criminal law and advocacy. Mr. Crystal's holistic approach has won him acclaim in the U.S. by David Wexler, the leading scholar in the field of therapeutic jurisprudence.

Finally, Mr. Crystal has been involved in numerous charitable efforts and currently holds the position of Honourary Counsel to the United Nations Association in Canada.

At Crystal Cyr Barristers, we adopt a team approach. All our lawyers work together to fashion the best possible results for our clients.

In cases involving a family or civil litigation component, we work with counsel to generate a superior common result. Our long standing relationship with health care professionals in the community allows us to offer immediate access to anger management, crisis and addictions counseling.

Our goal is to ensure that our clients' legal, emotional and psycho-social needs are addressed at every stage of the criminal justice process. At Crystal Cyr Barristers, you are not alone in the exoneration process.

Please note, we only take cases involving criminal appeals, fraud, CDSA/drug charges and homicide.

Charges And The Bail Process

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When police officers are in the process of laying charges, 1 of 3 things will happen. What should you expect?...


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What to expect from a bail hearing. When the charge is laid and a person is arrested, a bail hearing may be required for the court to determine whether that person should be released or detained pending their trial or se...

What Is a Preliminary Inquiry ?

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A preliminary inquiry is a hearing before a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice to determine whether the crown has sufficient evidence to prove their case. What to expect during your preliminary inquiry. ...

What is a Trial?

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A criminal trial is a hearing before a judge or a jury where the crown has to prove the guilt of an accused person. What can you expect from a criminal trial? Michael Crystal & Associates....