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SCC rules courts have limited power to review fairness of decisions of voluntary associations

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 10:36 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Supreme Court of Canada has allowed the appeal of a Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Calgary against a decision by the courts below to review for procedural fairness an edict by church elders requiring the congregation to shun one of its members.

The top court’s judgment May 31 holds 9-0 that a chambers judge of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench below was not empowered to review the private religious organization’s 2014 decision to “disfellowship” respondent Randy Wall: Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's...