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Dangerous offender law may face Charter fight

Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Michael Benedict

A Charter challenge to the dangerous offender classification process is likely to go before the Supreme Court of Canada after the B.C. Court of Appeal recently overturned a lower court decision declaring the procedure unconstitutional.

The B.C. appellate decision is the first at that level anywhere in Canada to consider the changes to dangerous offender provisions that the former Harper government implemented in 2008 as part of its tough-on-crime agenda. R. v. Boutilier 2016 BCCA 235 upholds those changes and reversed a B.C. Supreme Court decision...