R. v. Goforth Caselaw

R. v. Goforth, 2022 SCC 25 The Supreme Court restores a foster parent’s convictions for the death of a child and for causing bodily harm to another. Kevin Goforth and his wife were charged with the second degree murder of a four-year old and unlawfully causing bodily harm to a two-year old. Both children were being foster parented by the…

R. v. Bissonnette Caselaw

R. v. Bissonnette, 2022 SCC 23 The Supreme Court finds unconstitutional the section of the Criminal Code that permits consecutive parole ineligibility periods of 25 years in cases involving multiple first degree murders. On the evening of January 29, 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette entered the Great Mosque of Québec armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a pistol and opened fire on…

R. v. Robitaille Caselaw

When we advocate for a client in a criminal matter in Canada, the court must consider whether or not subsequent sentences are 'disproportionate' to an accused's earlier offences. The principle is meant to enable the rehabilitation of the offender, while also meting out what our courts deem 'fair' or proportionate. While there are always exceptions, the idea is that an…

R V Safdar Caselaw

R. v. Safdar, 2022 SCC 21 The Supreme Court of Canada found that the Defendant cannot unreasonably rely on section 11(b) of the Canadian Charter (to be tried within a reasonable time) by including time after trial evidence was completed and the hearing for the Charter Application.  The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the Ontario Court of Appeal findings in…
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