Canada Supreme Court

Couillard Sounds Off On Supreme Court Selection Process

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard expressed disappointment on Monday with the Supreme Court selection process.Couillard was reacting to a new...

Supreme Court Justice Retiring

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Political gadflies and jurisprudence junkies, grab the popcorn and pull up a chair: Prime Minister Stephen Harper will soon have yet another ...

The Senate Reference Decision Reeks of Legal Elitism

Mark Friedman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Friedman

What if all Senators, save for the 20 needed to make quorum, simply resigned en masse tomorrow? In the beginning of his mandate, Harper refused to appoint non-elected Senators to the Upper Chamber. He ended up doing so because the dwindling numbers compromised the Senate's functionality. This time around, the Prime Minister may very well stop appointing Senators for good.

Justice Nadon's Dismissal Highlights a Permanently Flawed Institution

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg As one of the key institutions of the federal government, it obviously makes sense for the Supreme Court to enjoy certain constitutional protections. But to decree that even modifying the resume criteria for the men and women who sit on it should require nothing short of a constitutional amendment is to cordon off yet another enormous realm of the broken Canadian political system from even the mildest tinkerings of common-sense improvement.

It's Sexual Assault If You Poke Holes In The Condom

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld the sexual assault conviction of a Nova Scotia man who tried to trick his girlfriend into ...

Top Court's Rare Ruling For Petty Thief

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the appeal of a convicted thief who tried to use the Conservative government's Truth in Sentencing ...

Stop Judging Sex Workers and Start Protecting Them

Toula Drimonis | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

It's very simple, really. Legalizing prostitution does not mean we're normalizing it or even necessarily condoning it (for those "what has the world come to?" folks), but simply regulating it. Criminalizing sex work (and the related actions required to engage in it) has never eradicated prostitution and it never will. That's just wishful thinking. But better regulation ultimately establishes the conditions for increased protection of sex workers, and isn't that what it's all about? If legislation has the power to prevent or even simply decrease the odds of one less sex worker from being abused or killed, then what are we sitting around discussing?

Supreme Court's Chief Justice Forgets Diversity

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court in the country, and the final court of appeals in the Canadian justice system. That's why the latest SCC appointment by Stephen Harper has ruffled so many feathers, as he appointed yet another male to replace Marie Deschamps on the bench, bringing the total count to three women, six men.

Court Upholds Anti-Terror Law

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has declared the country's controversial anti-terror law to be constitutional in a series of unanimous, precedent...

Who Will Choose Next Supreme Court Justice?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Three Conservative MPs, a New Democrat and a Liberal will help select the Supreme Court of Canada's next judge.The federal government says Co...

Did Elections Canada Mislead The Supreme Court?

CBC | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics

Liberal Borys Wrzesnewskyj is not waiting for the Supreme Court's decision before firing another volley in his battle over last year's election in Eto...

Can Battered Women Hire A Hitman?

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments this week on whether the battered woman's defence can be widened to include the hiring of a h...

Canada's Top Court Loses Third Judge Within The Year

CP | John Ward, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The departure of Justice Marie Deschamps from the Supreme Court of Canada in the summer gives Prime Minister Stephen Harper an opportunity to...

New Supreme Court Judge Cracks Jokes At Welcome Ceremony

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.14.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The two newest members of the Supreme Court of Canada celebrated their humble origins and their new role as dispassionate defenders of the co...

Native Band Can't Start Commercial Fishery: Court

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected a British Columbia native band's claim that it has a constitutional right to run a commercial fisher...