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Groia case highlights tension between a lawyer's duty to both client and court | Julius Melnitzer

Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 8:44 AM | By Julius Melnitzer

A hint of what awaits Joe Groia could very well be gleaned from the Supreme Court of Canada’s treatment of Quebec criminal lawyer Robert Jodoin, against whom the court upheld a personal costs award for bringing “unfounded and frivolous” motions alleging bias against a Quebec Superior Court judge.

It’s worth a thought, for nothing less than the limits of passionate advocacy in our adversarial system are at stake in Groia’s case, tentatively scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in the fall. If the high...