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Ontario Court of Appeal hears challenge to mandatory victim surcharge

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 9:15 AM | By Tom Venetis

On March 15, the Ontario Court of Appeal is hearing a case that seeks to challenge the constitutionality of Canada’s mandatory victim surcharge.

The appeal is being brought forward by Edward Tinker, Kelly Judge, Michael Bondoc and Wesley Mead who are arguing the surcharge is an imposition of a hardship that deprives one of life, liberty and security.

In R. v. Tinker 2015 ONSC 2284, a constitutional question was raised about the validity of the victim surcharge.Tinker pleaded guilty on one count of uttering threats and one...