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.
April 17 – Quebec – Boudreault v. R.
Canadian Charter (Criminal): In September 2013, Alex Boudreault pleaded guilty to four counts relating to various breaches of probation orders. Months later, he pleaded guilty to other counts relating to breaches of a recognizance, breaking and entering dwelling houses, possession of stolen property, assault with a weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon. The Court of Quebec sentenced Boudreault to imprisonment for 36 months and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of $1,400, with the majority rejecting Boudreault’s argument that the victim surcharge provided for in s.737 of the Criminal Code infringed s. 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Duval Hesler C.J. would have allowed the appeal in part to declare s. 737 Cr.C. unconstitutional.