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Supreme Court of Canada reinvigorates bail pending appeal

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 6:31 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected a restrictive approach to eligibility for bail that would have made it very difficult for those convicted of violent or other serious offences to be released pending appeal — even though the appellants posed little risk of flight or danger to public safety.

The top court’s 9-0 judgment March 23 allows an appeal from a New Brunswick Court of Appeal decision last year affirming Dennis Oland’s continued detention, pending appeal of his second-degree murder conviction: R. v. Oland 2017 SCC...