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. 12 – Nova Scotia – R. v. Calnen
Criminal law: The respondent was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his female partner. The respondent denied causing Jordan’s death but admitted to burning her body and disposing of her ashes. He appealed his murder conviction. The majority of the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and set aside the conviction, finding that the trial judge failed to properly instruct the jury on the limitations of the use of after-the-fact evidence.