The Supreme Court of Canada has a full roster of hearings this week, with five of six cases being on appeal from the Court of Appeal of British Columbia.
October 31 – New Brunswick – Oland v. R.
Criminal law: The appellant was tried for the second-degree murder of his father by a judge sitting with a jury. Oland was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment without eligibility for parole for 10 years. He filed a Notice of Appeal against his conviction in the New Brunswick Court of Appeal as well as a motion for release pending his appeal. The motion was dismissed, and later a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal confirmed that decision. Oland’s appeal against conviction was scheduled to be heard before the New Brunswick Court of Appeal in October 2016, and in the meantime he is appealing to the SCC the release pending appeal decision only.