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Lawyers face uncharted waters with assisted death applications

Thursday, February 04, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Lawyers and judges facing people seeking personal constitutional exemptions for physician-assisted death are entering uncharted, and possibly choppy waters, which could include court interventions by family members or interest groups opposed to such a remedy, counsel say.

The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) [2016] SCC 4 on Jan. 15 that people who meet the criteria the court set out in its landmark Carter ruling last year may apply to a superior court to be personally exempted from the Criminal Code’s blanket...