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Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 12:15 PM - Last Updated: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 4:19 PM

Supreme Court clarifies law of unlawful confinement in case where parents beat young child to death Moldaver and Abella

The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified what constitutes unlawful confinement of a child by a parent in reasons for judgment that explain why the top court upheld the first-degree murder convictions last year of an Alberta couple who fatally battered their 6-year-old daughter. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

McLachlin’s diplomacy, caring helped defuse tensions, build consensus at SCC: ex-judge LeBel Retired SCC Justice Louis LeBel and retired SCC Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin’s behind-the-scenes diplomacy in dealing with the inevitable disagreements and rivalries among the Supreme Court of Canada’s competitive and “ambitious” nine members helped the top court achieve a remarkable level of consensus during her 18 years as its leader, says retired Supreme Court Justice Louis LeBel. ... [read more]

Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 2:28 PM

Supreme Court shaped Charter into what it is today: McLachlin Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin says Canada has gone through enormous change since the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on a rainy day in April 1982, and much of that change has been shaped by justices of the Supreme Court who interpreted the Charter as a document capable of ensuring broad protections for every Canadian man, woman and child. ... [read more]

Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

Supreme Court welcomes its newest member as Martin dons the red robes Sheilah Martin

When Supreme Court Justice Sheilah Martin’s proud father drove her back and forth to the train that took her from a Montreal suburb to McGill University’s law school, her dad assured her she had the right stuff to one day join the nation’s highest court. ... [read more]

Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:28 PM

OFFENCES AGAINST THE ADMINISTRATION OF LAW AND JUSTICE - Corruption and disobedience - Fraud on the government

Appeal from a judgment of the Ontario Court of Appeal setting aside the acquittal of Carson, who was charged with influence peddling. ... [read more]

Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 10:42 AM - Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 2:07 PM

SCC convicts Bruce Carson, interprets influence-peddling offence broadly Andromache-KARAKATSANIS

The Supreme Court has broadly defined the crime of influence peddling in a decision which affirms 8-1 the conviction of Bruce Carson for selling his influence with the then-Harper government to assist a water filtration company to sell water treatment systems to Indigenous bands. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:49 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:48 PM

McLachlin nominated for Hong Kong’s top court Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin, Canada’s former top judge with a strong record of defending judicial independence here and abroad, is expected to soon join Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal as a non-permanent member. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:12 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

Concerns raised about growing trend to oral judgments at Supreme Court Adam Goldenberg

Some Supreme Court watchers are raising questions and concerns about the top court’s growing practice of disposing of cases orally from the bench, without subsequently issuing written reasons. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:43 PM

Ottawa can continue with damages suit against Merchant Law Group Gord Kuski

The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to shut down the Attorney General of Canada’s fraud action against the Saskatchewan law firm which Ottawa paid $25 million for representing thousands of former students of Indian residential schools in individual and class litigation that was settled 12 years ago. ... [read more]

Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 10:46 AM

Defence bar and women’s groups set to clash as SCC re-examines sexual assault and consent Dino Bottos

Women’s groups and the defence bar are preparing to butt heads at the Supreme Court of Canada after the top court announced on International Women’s Day that it will hear a defence appeal from an important judgment on the law of sexual assault and consent. ... [read more]