Caitlin Pakosh is an Assistant Crown Attorney in Newmarket and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Forensic Science Program with experience researching and writing about the intersection between the forensic sciences and criminal law, most notably in her award-winning book, The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences (Irwin Law, 2016). Among her other duties as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Newmarket, Caitlin assists in the organization of the Domestic Violence Community Treatment Court, which addresses intimate partner violence cases involving accused persons with underlying challenges, including addiction, mental health issues, and elder violence among intimate partners.
In her capacity at UTM, Caitlin teaches three courses that explore the forensic sciences and Canadian criminal law: a first-year introductory course, an advanced third-year course, and an upper-year research course. Prior to joining the Ministry of the Attorney General, Caitlin spent six years as a criminal defence lawyer, opening an appellate practice after working for several years at Innocence Canada (formerly AIDWYC, the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted) as its Case Management Counsel, then as its Senior Staff Lawyer. Caitlin was called to the Bar in Ontario in June 2012 after receiving her law degree from the University of Calgary in 2011. She graduated from UTM’s Forensic Science program in 2008, specializing in forensic anthropology with a minor in biology.