Bruce Karten (Retired)

Sheppard and Yonge location, Toronto, Ontario
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Bruce Karten is an experienced criminal defence lawyer who has been practising for 40 years in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Scarborough and other parts of Ontario, including Newmarket, Brampton, Oshawa, Trenton, Belleville and the Niagara Region.

Bruce can help you at every stage of the criminal proceedings, starting with the very first issues: whether or not you’ll be freed on bail and the terms and conditions of that bail. And as a skilled and experienced criminal lawyer, he can make a significant difference both before and during your trial and particularly in its successful outcome.Follow this link to read Bruce’s Client Testimonials.

Experienced Criminal Defence Lawyer

Bruce has the experience, respect and knowledge you need:

* experience of having worked with the Crown attorneys and judges who may be assigned to your case
* respect of those presiding officials
* a thorough knowledge of the relevant case law, court procedure and the rules of evidence

Bruce has appeared before every level of Provincial Court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Among the broad spectrum of criminal cases he has defended, Bruce has a special interest in the area of sexual assault, sexual interference, indecent act and all charges found under the general category of historical sexual assault. He enjoys an excellent reputation of obtaining superior results for his clients and in many cases has obtained not guilty verdicts at trial and in a significant number of cases, has negotiated a withdrawal of all charges against the accused persons he has represented.


Criminal Lawyer Bruce Karten received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1965, and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Western in 1968.

Following his call to the bar in 1970, he established his practice in the Trenton and Bellevillle area. Fourteen years later Mr. Karten began practicing in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), where his criminal law office is located.

From 1978 to 1980 Bruce served as a member of the Legal Aid Area Committee for Hastings County, advising on the merits of various cases requiring Legal Aid.

Bruce has lectured to drug treatment professionals on the law and procedure involving narcotics charges and has made presentations and led discussions at several high schools on the criminal law process. Bruce has also presented lectures to community groups on domestic law in the criminal courts, and has acted as a trial judge at high school Moot court competitions since 2001. In the spring of 2010 Bruce acted as a judge in the final high school competition for the City of Toronto, held at the Ontario Bar Association.Bruce frequently attends continuing legal education programs presented by the Criminal Lawyer’s Association and the Ontario Bar Association in order to maintain and upgrade his skills and to keep current on relevant developments in criminal law. In addition, he maintains professional connections with lawyers in other related areas of the law for consultation and collaboration purposes.

Community involvement

Bruce Karten volunteered his time as a Big Brother in Toronto and sat on the Board of the Hastings and Prince Edward County Children’s Aid Society during the 1970’s and 1980’s.Click here for Bruce Karten Client Testimonials

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