SCC rules on privacy limits, pre-screening of ‘other sexual activity’ evidence in sex assault cases
Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin
Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin ruled on an unusual B.C. Crown motion — which led to the top court hearing a sexual assault appeal in camera last November before the court decided today whether the Crown’s requested privacy restrictions were legally justified — that the Crown failed to establish ‘that the risk to the complainant’s privacy and dignity requires a sealing order or in-camera hearing.’

Friday, May 24, 2024 @ 6:01 PM

The Supreme Court of Canada has cautioned reviewing courts against imposing overly expansive privacy restrictions in appeals concerning the admissibility in sexual assault trials of evidence of complainants’ “other sexual activity” while also giving guidance on the appropriate use of such evidence for context and credibility purposes. ... [read more]

Unionized border workers vote 96 per cent in favour of strike action

Friday, May 24, 2024 @ 5:19 PM

The unions representing Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) workers are raising the spectre of summer travel delays and supply chain disruptions in the wake of a strong strike vote. ... [read more]

Alberta court bans non-lawyer from involvement in litigation as third party

Friday, May 24, 2024 @ 5:15 PM

In a bid to help quell a growing problem, the Alberta Court of King’s Bench has prohibited an individual who repeatedly participated in litigation as a third party from participating in any litigation activity before the court unless she is a party herself. ... [read more]

B.C. Supreme Court rules in favour of province on transition to municipal police force in Surrey

Friday, May 24, 2024 @ 4:47 PM

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has sided with the province in its push to create a municipal police force in the Metro Vancouver city of Surrey and end its longstanding policing contract with the RCMP. ... [read more]

Ontario Convocation talks criminal charge disclosure, heats up over bullying, money for diversity Jacqueline Horvat, Law Society of Ontario treasurer.

Friday, May 24, 2024 @ 3:32 PM

A committee with Ontario’s law society is considering recommending that the regulator expand the amount of lawyer information it makes public — including if a member has been hit with criminal charges. ... [read more]