Apple Newton-Smith is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal law practising exclusively criminal and quasi criminal law at both the trial and appellate level. Called to the bar in 1999 she has built a practice dedicated to achieving the best possible results for her clients. While her practice involves many complex cases, she is also keenly aware that the impact of any involvement in the criminal process can be devastating no matter how big or small. Each case is treated with the importance that it deserves.
A seasoned and highly effective trial lawyer, she appreciates that the best defence begins by drawing on her talents as a skilled negotiator and her strong
relationships with her opponents and the judiciary. To the benefit of her clients, her reputation for integrity, sensitivity and perseverance precedes her in the courtroom. Her litigation skills guarantee that when things have to go to trial the best defence will be brought to bear.
Alongside her trial practice she is also highly respected and successful appellate lawyer. In the appellate forum her trial experience provides her with a competitive edge. Not only does she appear regularly at the Ontario Court of Appeal on behalf of private clients, she is also a member of the Criminal Lawyer’s Association Interventions Committee and has appeared as an intervenor on behalf of the Criminal Lawyer’s Assocation.
She is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Law School, teaching Evidence Law. She is also actively involved in the profession having taught at the Criminal Lawyer’s Association Young Lawyer’s Conference, appeared on panels at the Newly Appointed Justice of the Peace’s program and the Osgoode Hall Law School CLE program, participated in the Newly Appointed Provincial Judge’s program and published articles for the Toronto Lawyer’s Association and Criminal Lawyer’s Assocation newsletters.
She received a joint honours degree in English and Philosophy from McGill University and an LL.B. from Queen’s.