- Mar 18, 2019
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week, four civil and one criminal. Two of the appeals relate to First Nations reservations in Ontario: the first concerns corporate responsibility for the cleanup of the Grassy Narrows land, and the second is a tort law case relating to the arrest of a man protesting the Six Nations occupation of Douglas Creek Estates in 2009.
Mar 15, 2019
The Supreme Court of Canada today set aside the conviction of a man charged with child luring on the Internet and ordered a new trial. The case marked the first time the Supreme Court looked at whether the child luring provisions of the Criminal Code violated the Charter; the high court decided that it did in declaring the “presumption of belief” regarding age contained in the provisions to be of no force and effect.
Feb 22, 2019
The default judgement of a Utah court is enforceable under Quebec’s civil code, the Supreme Court of Canada decided today in dismissing the appeal of a Quebec businessman who was sued in Utah.
- Feb 15, 2019
This week at the SCC
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear five appeals this week, two of them of criminal law decisions — the first of which involves a young person appealing a conviction on the basis of length of time elapsed before his trial concluded pursuant to the guidelines established in R. v. Jordan. The civil cases concern Carleton University’s attempts to recoup pension payments to a professor later determined to be dead; and a PR firm's tangle with the City of Montreal over unpaid invoices.
- Feb 11, 2019
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week, all of them of criminal law decisions.
Feb 8, 2019
A former convict has lost his bid to collaterally attack a parole board residency condition that was made as part of a long-term supervision order, in a unanimous Supreme Court decision that marks the first time the high court has looked at the rules governing collateral attacks when a Charter breach is alleged.
Jan 25, 2019
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Henson trust, which is commonly used to set money aside for people with disabilities, should not be considered an “asset” when determining eligibility for rental assistance.
- Jan 21, 2019
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear five appeals this week, notably Wednesday’s hearing of Nevsun Resources’ appeal of its conviction of human rights abuses of miners at an Eritrean mine in which it held a majority industry, and, on Friday, whether defence counsel’s legal fees can be paid from the proceeds of crime forfeited to the state. The remaining appeals concern the revocation ad nutum of gifts between spouses in Quebec, an audit of a Calgary bitcoin company by Quebec’s revenue agency,
- Jan 14, 2019
In its first week of hearings for the new year, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear three appeals.
Jan 11, 2019
The government was not justified in denying ballots to two Canadians that had lived in the United States for five consecutive years or more, judges at the Supreme Court of Canada said in a five-to-two split decision released on Jan. 11.
Jan 10, 2019
The Supreme Court of Canada made amendments to its rules on Wednesday, which will come into force on Jan. 15 and apply to all cases. The changes aim to increase the Court’s efficiency, in part through the use of technology, and reduce costs and labour to lawyers and the public alike in requesting documents or filing notices.
Dec 13, 2018
In an important case for expectations of privacy in personal data, the Supreme Court of Canada has allowed the appeal of an Ontario man whose shared computer was seized and searched without his consent.
Nov 23, 2018
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favour of the divorced wife of a deceased insurance policyholder, finding that the man’s common-law spouse was unjustly enriched after being named the irrevocable beneficiary of the policy whose premiums had continued to be paid by the ex-wife.
Nov 16, 2018
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the appeal of a man in a tax dispute and employment status case, after the Federal Court of Appeal ordered a new trial because the official language rights of witnesses had been violated in hearings before the Tax Court of Canada during an informal procedure.
- Nov 13, 2018
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week relating to labour relations (Quebec), a habeas corpus application in Alberta, a challenge in B.C. under the Official Languages Act and a tax preparer’s conviction of fraud in Toronto.
Nov 9, 2018
In a highly anticipated decision released today, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a proposed co-operative pan-Canadian securities regulator is constitutional, thereby overturning a finding of the Quebec appellate court.
Oct 26, 2018
In a trilogy of impaired driving cases the Supreme Court of Canada decided today, the appeals of two Alberta men who had demanded maintenance records for the breathalyzer instruments used following roadside pull-overs were dismissed, while the Quebec Crown’s appeal of a demand for disclosure was also dismissed.
Oct 25, 2018
When Marshall Rothstein was being considered as a puisne judge on the Supreme Court of Canada in the winter of 2006, he was the first candidate to go through a parliamentary hearing process and answer questions from a special parliamentary committee prior to his appointment.
- Oct 19, 2018
A panel of Supreme Court justices said in a decision released Friday that a hotel is liable for a car stolen from its parking lot, and the hotel’s insurer must pay.
Oct 11, 2018
Although the Crown must act honourably toward Canada’s Indigenous peoples, Parliament is not required to consult them when making laws, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.