This week’s Supreme Court of Canada hearings docket comprises two criminal and two civil cases, with Google as the appellant in a civil case to do with inherent jurisdiction. The court will also hear a right-to-equality appeal related to a drug user being fired from his job following an accident.
December 5 – Quebec – Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions v. Jodoin
Criminal law: The respondent, a lawyer, was representing clients charged with driving while intoxicated. In 2013, after a hearing in the Court of Quebec on a motion for the disclosure of evidence, the respondent filed in the Superior Court, on behalf of his clients, motions for writs of prohibition challenging the jurisdiction of the Court of Quebec judge. The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions objected to these motions. The Quebec Superior Court dismissed the motions for writs of prohibition, and the Quebec Court of Appeal allowed the appeal solely to set aside the award of costs against the respondent.