- 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.
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.
Mar 23, 2018
Retired Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin has been appointed to Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal.
- Mar 19, 2018
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Dec 12, 2017
Richard Wagner has been named as the Supreme Court of Canada's next chief justice.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.