The Supreme Court of Canada will hear six appeals this week, including two sets of companion cases: the first related to first degree murder convictions in the death of an Alberta child in 2011, and the second related to two law societies’ refusals to accredit Trinity Western University’s law school. The remaining (civil) appeals each involve jurisdiction; they are from the Canadian Human Rights Commission in its application for judicial review pursuant to the Indian Act and the Canadian Human Rights Act; and from Israel’s Haaretz newspaper in a defamation case heard in Ontario.
Nov. 27 – Alberta – Magoon v. R.
Criminal law: Marie Eve Magoon and her common-law spouse, Spencer Lee Jordan, were charged with first degree murder following the death of Jordan’s six-year-old daughter, Meika Jordan. The child died in hospital in 2011 as a result of severe injuries suffered while in the custody of Magoon and Jordan. At trial, the Crown’s evidence included statements made by Jordan and Magoon during a “Mr. Big” operation. The pair were found guilty of second degree murder, which the Crown appealed, seeking first degree murder convictions. Both accused also appealed their convictions. The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeals by the accused and allowed the Crown’s appeal, entering verdicts of first degree murder.
Read the Alberta appellate court decision here.