SCC

  • This week at the SCC

    Apr 16, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear five appeals this week, all criminal. Four cases address victim surcharges in criminal cases, and the last is an appeal of the acquittal of a London, Ont. high school teacher of voyeurism.

  • SCC upholds convictions in death of young girl

    SCC upholds convictions in death of young girl

    Apr 13, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada released its reasons today for upholding first-degree murder convictions against a man and his common-law wife in the death of his young daughter and elucidated on the meaning of “unlawful confinement” in parent-child relationships.

  • McLachlin appointed to Hong Kong court

    McLachlin appointed to Hong Kong court

    Mar 23, 2018

    Retired Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin has been appointed to Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal.

  • This week at the SCC

    Mar 19, 2018
  • This week at the SCC

    Feb 12, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week. The Orphan Well Association and Alberta Energy Regulator will face off against bankruptcy trustee Grant Thornton in court on Thursday, asking the high court to decide on the sale of a bankrupt company’s oil and gas properties, and the costs of remediation for orphan wells. Appeals in three criminal cases relate to murder or sexual assault convictions.

  • This week at the SCC

    Feb 5, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear five appeals this week, including three criminal cases involving driving “over 80” and production of evidence; an unjust enrichment claim; and an appeal in a sexual assault case in which the Court of Appeal of Alberta had found that a trial judge had erred by relying on a stereotype about the behaviour of sexual assault victims.

  • Duty to consult First Nations in legislative process now rests with SCC

    Duty to consult First Nations in legislative process now rests with SCC

    Jan 25, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada has now heard an appeal from an Alberta First Nation that, if successful, could have a significant impact on First Nations’ role in the creation of legislation where it involves their treaty rights.

  • CBC radio doc tells story behind Gerald Le Dain’s resignation from SCC

    CBC radio doc tells story behind Gerald Le Dain’s resignation from SCC

    Jan 11, 2018

    ​When Gerald Le Dain was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1984, he had a distinguished background as a jurist and academic.

  • Wagner is new chief justice of SCC

    Wagner is new chief justice of SCC

    Dec 12, 2017

    Richard Wagner has been named as the Supreme Court of Canada's next chief justice.

  • SCC rulings weigh in on privacy of text messages

    SCC rulings weigh in on privacy of text messages

    Dec 11, 2017

    Two Supreme Court of Canada rulings last week focused on expectations of privacy in text messages.In one case, a production order used to gather text messages that served as evidence against an accused man stood, but in another case, R. v. Nour Marakah, the SCC ruled the text messages had been improperly seized.

  • This week at the SCC

    Nov 27, 2017

    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.

  • Joint trial of provincial and summary conviction criminal charges consistent with intent of POA, Criminal Code: SCC

    Nov 23, 2017

    The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the appeal of an Ontario man who was convicted under both the Criminal Code and the province’s Highway Traffic Act and who had argued that the trial judge lacked jurisdiction to conduct a joint trial on the criminal and provincial charges.

  • Membership in Quebec bar not a prerequisite for preparing proceedings in social welfare cases: SCC

    Nov 10, 2017

    The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Quebec’s Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity of Quebec had the right to employ a non-lawyer to prepare and sign written proceedings in social aid cases before a tribunal.

  • This week at the SCC

    Nov 6, 2017

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week, three civil and one criminal. Today’s appeal concerns the case of an Ontario lawyer, Joseph Groia, who was disciplined by Ontario’s law society for having engaged in uncivil conduct.

  • Building ski resort on sacred land not a breach of freedom of religion: SCC

    Building ski resort on sacred land not a breach of freedom of religion: SCC

    Nov 2, 2017

    In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the appeal of a First Nation in British Columbia that argued a large ski resort, to be built on land it considers sacred, would breach its right to freedom of religion under s. 2(a) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

  • ACC supports SCC appeal in Suncor privilege case

    ACC supports SCC appeal in Suncor privilege case

    Oct 12, 2017

    The Association of Corporate Counsel has thrown its support behind an Alberta energy company after the Alberta Court of Appeal ordered it to disclose certain witness statements and other documents to the government pursuant to an internal investigation into a fatal job site injury.

  • Employee violated fitness for duty policy

    Sep 19, 2017

    Company did not discriminate against cocaine addict fired for cause. The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that an employer may terminate a worker for just cause when he violated a fitness for duty policy by attending work under the influence of drugs. This landmark decision upheld a ruling of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal that the employer did not unlawfully discriminate when a worker’s employment was terminated for breach of a safety rule that prohibited a worker from being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at work.

  • SCC says extradition order to India to face ‘honour killing’ charges is reasonable

    SCC says extradition order to India to face ‘honour killing’ charges is reasonable

    Sep 8, 2017

    An extradition order against two Canadian citizens accused of arranging an “honour killing” in India has been restored by the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Groia v. LSUC: The civility war

    Groia v. LSUC: The civility war

    Sep 1, 2017

    With the Law Society of Upper Canada's prosecution of Joseph Groia headed to the Supreme Court of Canada, the legal profession’s obsession with civility will soon come to a head.