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Court backs judicial review of church ruling

Thursday, October 06, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Jillian Kestler-D'Amours

A recent Court of Appeal of Alberta decision has found that judicial review is permissible for membership decisions taken by non-legislated bodies, including religious groups, if the principle of natural justice has not been followed, legal experts say.

That is a step further than previous cases in which judicial review was granted on the basis of alleged property or civil rights infringements, explained Shaun Fluker, an associate professor in the faculty of law at the University of Calgary.

“I think that’s where the majority sticks its...