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‘Weak’ standard for vetting bills upheld as reflecting intent of law

Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Former Department of Justice lawyer Edgar Schmidt has lost his legal battle in Federal Court, but the policy debate he ignited goes on in Parliament and the court of public opinion.

Federal Court Justice Simon Noel rejected, as wrong in law, the ex-senior official’s contention that the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) policy and practice in exercising its statutory role to vet proposed legislation for Charter and Bill of Rights conformity set too low a standard.

Schmidt contended the federal government has been behaving illegally for more...