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Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 5:22 PM

Top court rules B.C. must offer trials in French for provincial offences Jennifer_Klinck

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 9-0 that persons charged in British Columbia with motor vehicle and other provincial offences have the right to be tried in French, on request — ending the practice of offering only English trials for provincial offences in that province (and arguably other provinces with similar statutes, such as Newfoundland and P.E.I.). ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 2:13 PM

PROCEDURE - Language of accused

Appeal from a judgment of the British Columbia Court of Appeal affirming a decision dismissing an application for certiorari against a decision refusing Bessette a trial in French. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 3:23 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 4:05 PM

Ottawa revises appointment process to give Quebec more say in filling province’s three SCC seats Justin Trudeau

Ottawa and Quebec have struck what they dub a “historic agreement” to give the province greater say in the selection of Supreme Court of Canada judges from Quebec — a key demand made by the new nationalist Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 11:12 AM

SCC’s Gascon says he is ‘fully capable’ of performing judicial duties after recent ‘panic attack’ Clément Gascon

Lawyers and judges are praising Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon, who has experienced some dark days recently, for shining a bright light on anxiety and depression — two conditions with which he and thousands of other Canadians contend. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 3:11 PM

Chief Justice Wagner reaches out to Canadians via video; SCC will hear appeals outside Ottawa for first time Richard Wagner

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner will lead the top court to sit outside Ottawa for the first time in its 144-year history and, in another novel move, he announced that historic development to Canadians via a personal video statement posted on social media. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 9:33 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 9:58 AM

Quebec seeks greater input into next SCC appointment as deadline for applications from Quebec jurists looms Sonia LeBel

With applications closing this week for the next Supreme Court of Canada vacancy, the Trudeau government has yet to announce a deal with the nationalist Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government, which is seeking more say — such as the right to nominate its own candidate(s) — on who becomes the next Supreme Court judge from Quebec in the fall. ... [read more]

Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 5:41 PM

SCC rules immigration detainees can apply to provincial superior courts for habeas corpus Nico Breed

The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed 6-1 that persons detained pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) may seek habeas corpus review in superior court when the detainee contends that the detention’s length, uncertain duration or conditions are illegal. ... [read more]

Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 2:21 PM

OFFENCES AND ENFORCEMENT - Release from detention

Appeal by Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Minister) from a judgment of the Alberta Court of Appeal setting aside a decision dismissing Chhina’s application for habeas corpus. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 4:57 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 11:47 PM

SCC says Clément Gascon in ‘good health’ after judge went missing in Ottawa for hours Gascon_sm

Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon, who was reported missing for several hours on May 8 by Ottawa police before he was located “safe and sound” — reportedly in hospital — is “in good health,” according to his family. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 9:17 AM

Habeas corpus and immigration detention: Top court to weigh in immgration_jail_sm

As mentioned in our previous article, the Supreme Court of Canada is expected to weigh in on availability of a writ of habeas corpus to those being held in immigration detention in Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, et al. v. Tusif Ur Rehman Chhina, Docket 37770. ... [read more]