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SCC clarifies law on setting aside uninformed guilty pleas

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 1:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Supreme Court of Canada has divided over the test for setting aside uninformed guilty pleas in a 4-3 decision that upholds the cocaine trafficking conviction of a B.C. permanent resident who was not informed by his criminal defence counsel that his guilty plea could lead to him being deported for “serious criminality” under Canada’s immigration laws.

On May 25, majority Justices Michael Moldaver, Clément Gascon, Russell Brown and Malcolm Rowe dismissed the appeal of Wing Wha Wong, who unsuccessfully tried to convince the top court...