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Legal think tank looking to reform ‘badly outdated’ Alberta Evidence Act

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 9:25 AM | By Ian Burns

An Alberta-based legal think tank is urging the provincial government to update the “badly outdated” Alberta Evidence Act with an eye to reforming how evidence from children and adults with cognitive impairments is treated in the courtroom.

Laura Buckingham, Alberta Law Reform Institute In a report released Feb. 5, the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) noted children are presumed not to be competent to give evidence under current Alberta law, which it said “reflects outdated assumptions about children’s abilities.” ALRI legal counsel Laura Buckingham said the test...