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Supreme Court reversal allows LGBTQ groups to take part in case involving BC Christian university

Then on Monday, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin surprised the parties by issuing a new order that “varied” Wagner's order, declaring that the appeals would be...

Inclusion isn't just a buzz word — and Canada can prove it: Opinion ...

Considering that we have just marked the 35th anniversary of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, now is a good time as any to review...

Provinces urge Supreme Court to relax tough new deadlines for criminal trials

OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada faced calls by several provinces Tuesday to relax tough new criminal trial timelines while defence lawyers urged judges not to...

This time anti-medicare forces might win court challenge: Walkom

This challenge, before the British Columbia Supreme Court, has been more than seven years in the making. It is spearheaded by Brian Day, a Vancouver...

More indigenous judges needed in lower courts to develop skills for ...

Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said while she welcomes ethnic diversity and more aboriginal judges in the system, she suggested they must ...and more »...

Federally regulated employees must be given cause if fired, Supreme Court rules

The Federal Court of Appeal upheld that decision, prompting Wilson's appeal to the Supreme Court. In reasons for the high court ruling, Justice Rosalie Abella...

A good start on making judges more diverse: Editorial

It is beyond belief at this point that only white, male lawyers can meet the standard of professional skill, experience and integrity to qualify for...

Supreme Court bestiality decision signals need for new animal cruelty laws: Walkom

Justice Rosalie Abella wrote in her disenting review of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that bestiality became a separate crime under the Criminal Code...

Mother bankrupt, heartbroken after fight for police accountability in son's death

Along with the family of Douglas Minty, a 59-year-old developmentally delayed man killed by an OPP officer in a separate 2009 incident, Ruth took the...

Animal-rights advocates call for stronger laws after high court's bestiality ruling

Huffington Post Canada“The term 'bestiality' has a well-established legal meaning and refers to sexual intercourse between a human and an animal,” Supreme Court Justice Thomas...

'Canadian society today is a more just society than it once was,' top judge says

Financial PostIn a wide-ranging speech pegged to Canada's 150th birthday next year, Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin surveyed the evolution of the...

Doctor-assisted death bill could miss Supreme Court deadline, Feds concede

On Monday, Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said any public consternation over physician-assisted dying ought not be attributed to a lack of awareness about...

Justice Rosalie Abella first Canadian woman to receive honorary Yale degree

Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of Canada's Supreme Court has become the first Canadian woman to be granted an honorary degree by Yale University. Abella, who...

DAS Canada: Canada Needs to Make Justice More Accessible to the Public

It&rsquo;s a problem Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, presented at the Canadian Bar Association&rsquo;s annual conference in Augustlas. And a...

Supreme Court tears down another 'tough on crime' law: Editorial

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who wrote the mandatory-minimum decision on behalf of a 6-3 court majority, argued that the law covers a wide range of...

Supreme Court tears down another 'tough on crime' law: Editorial

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who wrote the mandatory-minimum decision on behalf of a 6-3 court majority, argued that the law covers a wide range of...

Supreme Court recognizes rights of Métis and non-status Indians

“As the curtain opens wider and wider on the history of Canada's relationship with its indigenous peoples, inequities are increasingly revealed and remedies urgently sought,”...

Supreme Court recognizes rights of Métis and non-status Indians

“As the curtain opens wider and wider on the history of Canada's relationship with its indigenous peoples, inequities are increasingly revealed and remedies urgently sought,”...

Time to name an Aboriginal justice to the Supreme Court

Professor Rosemary Cairns Way of the University of Ottawa reports that Aboriginal and visible minority members account for roughly 23 per cent of the population,...

Liberals must fix way Supreme Court justices are named: Editorial

To his credit, Trudeau has already instructed Wilson-Raybould to do better on these important appointments. In his mandate letter to the justice minister, he told...

Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell to retire in September

. Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin lauded Justice Thomas Cromwell's contributions Tuesday, saying colleagues have always benefited from his wisdom, rigour and friendship.Justice Thomas...

Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell to retire in September

OTTAWA—Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell is retiring Sept. 1, setting the stage for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first appointment to the high court. Cromwell, 63,...

Antonin Scalia and the origins of originalism

WASHINGTON—One of the earliest influences on Antonin Scalia was a Sicilian-born father who applied a particular philosophy to the scholarly task of translating poems from...

Don't forget that women's rights are a recent invention: Mallick

Bertha Wilson was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. She had entered law school despite a dean telling her to “go...

Ottawa surprises top court judges by allowing assisted suicide to proceed in ...

That's because the federal government says only Quebec has come up with a “comprehensive scheme” to address the complex issue in the year since the...

Ottawa should veto 'Mother Canada' statue: Editorial

The Trudeau government has done the right thing by arranging for a controversial memorial to victims of communism to be downsized and moved away from...

How Stephen Harper changed the character of Canada: Goar

Canada has never had an election campaign like this. Not only its length is unprecedented and its cost record-breaking. For the first time in postwar...

This BC riding is consumed by pipeline politics: Tim Harper

Baird Ellan is a former provincial chief judge who said Harper's “alarming” treatment of Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin over the Marc...

Marshall Rothstein muses on nine years in Canada's Supreme Court

For much of his time there, Rothstein was part of a largely consensual, often unanimous and, until recent years, a quite deferential court under McLachlin.

Marshall Rothstein muses on nine years in Canada's Supreme Court

That was rookie Prime Minister Stephen Harper's advice to a nervous Marshall Rothstein before the federal judge made Canadian legal history as the first ever...

Russell Brown doesn't belong on the Supreme Court

Politically, he condemned the Canadian Bar Association for supporting Omar Khadr's release from Guantanamo Bay and claimed that both the Bar Association and Chief Justice...

Supreme Court orders new trial for Oshawa man convicted of murdering woman

The trial judge should not have instructed the jury that Rodgerson's attempt to flee police and his lies after Young's death were evidence of an...

Supreme Court says drunkenness no defence in arson charge

The Ontario Court of Appeal, with one dissenting justice, upheld the acquittal. But the Supreme Court, in a 7-0 decision, says drunkenness is not a...

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin argues tolerance, within limits, 'is the only ...

In a speech Thursday at the Global Centre for Pluralism, Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin said the Canadian government's 19th century assimilation...

Supreme Court of Canada orders new trial in child porn case

It further develops the high court's landmark ruling in 2001 in the case of B.C. man Robin Sharpe. That ruling said an accused person is...

Ontario not required to fix native reluctance towards jury duty: Supreme Court

In a 5-2 decision written by Justice Michael Moldaver, the Supreme Court ruled an accused's right to a representative jury is “not the appropriate mechanism...

Supreme Court Justice Marshall Rothstein bids an impromptu public farewell

When the Conservative government took power, Rothstein became Prime Minister Stephen Harper's first Supreme Court appointment, and the first to be questioned directly by an...

Stephen Harper gives the Order of Canada a strange makeover: Mallick

One wonders if the core of this complaint is Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin — there is no one Harper detests more — who...

Harper fought the law and the law won: Mallick

The Harper government and the Supreme Court of Canada do not mix, as the court's new ruling against mandatory minimum sentences for certain gun crimes...

Ottawa can destroy Quebec gun registry, high court says

CBC.caThe court also rejected the Quebec's argument that the destruction of the data amounted a violation of the principle of “co-operative federalism” — a concept...

A day in a year of celebrating feminism: Mallick

Beverley McLachlin — If one person has kept reasonable Canadians humming along in this Harper era of racism, stupidity, cruelty and dark despair, it's the...

Supreme Court orders new trial in 1984 murder of Winnipeg girl

“In this case, I conclude that the trial judge erred in evaluating and assessing the credibility of the unknown third party suspect evidence on a...

SIU withholding identity of man shot by police, worrying transparency advocates

He successfully won an appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2013 that found police officers should not be able to consult lawyers before...

SIU withholding identity of man shot by police, worrying transparency advocates

He successfully won an appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2013 that found police officers should not be able to consult lawyers before...

Supreme Court Justice Louis LeBel retires Sunday

It sank in that after 30 years on the bench, the past 14 on the country's top court, his judicial career was done, bookended by...

Tories want to expand anti-terror powers through tracking, source shield

The Supreme Court agreed in a May ruling on the national security certificate regime that there should be no overarching privilege for CSIS sources. The...

Parliament 'paralyzed by inaction' on assisted suicide

For them, a landmark hearing at the Supreme Court of Canada for the case that bears “Granny” Carter's name was personal. They'd travelled with the...

Supreme Court wrestles with public prayer case

The Supreme Court of Canada reserved decision in the case that advocates say could have broad implications for other Quebec and Ontario municipalities that allow...

Zahra Kazemi's death a 'tragedy' says Supreme Court, but family can't sue Iran

Justice Rosalie Abella was the lone dissenter Friday, and would have allowed Hashemi to pursue a lawsuit against the two Iranian officials named, Saeed Mortazavi...

Supreme Court appointment must be more open: Editorial

The candidate the government put forward, Marc Nadon, was a federal court judge, not from the Quebec bench, and therefore ineligible to occupy one of...