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Supreme Court of Canada


Wednesday, June 21, 2023 @ 9:42 AM

Justice O’Bonsawin’s legacy: A transfer of knowledge and an eagle feather OBonsawinWagner_imagesmall.jpg

Last year, a historic appointment was made to the Supreme Court of Canada when Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin became the first Indigenous judge to sit on the country’s highest court. While her ascension to the bench was much celebrated, another lesser known first was happening at the court. Justice O’Bonsawin was sworn in on an eagle feather, the first one to be gifted to a Supreme Court judge for this purpose. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 @ 9:39 AM

Case spotlights anti-Muslim sentiments, sentencing considerations Parkinglot

It is said that tough cases make bad law. Yet sometimes tough cases can make good law. In a well-reasoned judgment in the Ontario Superior Court, Justice Fletcher Dawson applied principles that could have been easily ignored in imposing sentences on the Corhamzic brothers, Janis and Adem. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 @ 8:04 AM

Decision flags caution with similar act applications Fingerprints

In a recent case, the Ontario Court of Appeal has sent the message to prosecutors that they should not get overly comfortable using similar act evidence to establish identity (R. v. Ali 2023 ONCA 411). ... [read more]

Friday, June 16, 2023 @ 1:43 PM

REFUGEE PROTECTION - Safe Third Country Agreement - Appeals to Court of Appeal or Supreme Court of Canada

Appeal by Appellants from a judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal which set aside a judgment declaring s. 101(1)(e) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and s. 159.3 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) of no force or effect under s. 52 of the Constitution Act, 1982. ... [read more]

Friday, June 16, 2023 @ 1:11 PM

Crossing lines: Charter meets crime investigation, part three Charter

One of the main defences in the investigation of crimes is entrapment. ... [read more]

Friday, June 16, 2023 @ 11:21 AM

Witnesses for the prosecution? Expert

When counsel at trial asks that a witness be qualified as an expert, it is expected that the witness has knowledge or experience beyond that expected of a layman or that the witness can impart facts that cannot be judicially noticed by a court. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 15, 2023 @ 11:44 AM

When will we ever learn? Hill Repeat

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” That quotation, often misattributed to Albert Einstein, is often repeated to discredit the absurdity of reliance on faulty logic or unquestioned acceptance of unverifiable beliefs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 @ 2:59 PM

Crossing lines: Charter meets crime investigation, part two Charter

Section 9 of the Charter provides the right against being arbitrarily detained or imprisoned. When an individual is being pulled over by the police, he/she is being detained. Laws authorizing random vehicle stops violate s. 9 because it provides no objective criteria to govern who is detained. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 @ 2:48 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, June 15, 2023 @ 1:38 PM

Top judge says judicial council working on making ‘opaque’ judicial discipline ‘more transparent’ Chief Justice Richard Wagner

Amid public concern that the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) is unduly secretive about the handling and outcome of its investigation of a misconduct complaint against recently resigned Supreme Court of Canada Justice Russell Brown, Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner says he has asked a CJC committee of chief justices to devise a new and less restrictive disclosure policy to guide the federal judicial disciplinary body on how and when it should inform the public about its judicial complaint investigations and outcomes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 @ 9:00 AM

Crossing lines: Charter meets crime investigation Charter

Our precious Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the cornerstone of a free and democratic society. The celebratory day for this momentous piece of legislation was April 17 with its 41st anniversary this year. ... [read more]