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SCC rules Ontario provincial court judges can jointly try criminal and provincial offences

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:52 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Reversing the Ontario Court of Appeal on a significant jurisdictional point, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 6-1 that Ontario provincial court judges can concurrently try a summary conviction criminal offence and a provincial offence in a single trial.

On Nov. 23, the top court (with Justice Suzanne Côté in lone dissent) dismissed the appeal of Joseph Sciascia, who was convicted by the Ontario courts below of the federal Criminal Code offence of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and of the Ontario Highway Traffic...