The federal government is appealing the B.C. Supreme Court’s ruling that laws providing for the use of solitary confinement by the Correctional Service of Canada in federal penitentiaries are unconstitutional.
Justice Peter Leask, formerly of the B.C. Supreme Court, now retired, heard the case and earlier this year found that solitary confinement was counter to s.7 and s.15 of the Charter, declaring its use invalid. The case now moves to the B.C. Court of Appeal.
“The court’s remedy was the correct one, to strike down the law and require Parliament to fix it,” said Josh Paterson, executive director of the BCCLA, during a press conference Tuesday. “Frankly, it’s offensive that the government is requiring us to continue this fight.”