Supreme Court

  • This week at the SCC

    Apr 22, 2019

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week, one constitutional and three criminal.

  • SCC sets guidelines for class actions involving an adjudication process

    SCC sets guidelines for class actions involving an adjudication process

    Apr 12, 2019

    A former Indian residential school student who brought an individual claim for compensation for sexual abuse has had his award restored, in a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada today that may influence future class action lawsuits involving an adjudication process.

  • Utah court judgment enforceable in Quebec, SCC rules

    Utah court judgment enforceable in Quebec, SCC rules

    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.

  • Right to privacy not an all-or-nothing concept, says SCC in voyeurism case

    Right to privacy not an all-or-nothing concept, says SCC in voyeurism case

    Feb 14, 2019

    Videos of female students that a high school teacher surreptitiously recorded breached those students’ reasonable expectation of privacy, and the act constitutes criminal voyeurism, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today. The decision, penned by the chief justice of the court, also established considerations for circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy.

  • Quebec man to stand trial again after breathalyzer test challenge fails at SCC

    Quebec man to stand trial again after breathalyzer test challenge fails at SCC

    Dec 6, 2018

    A Quebec man charged with two counts of impaired driving did not bring sufficient evidence to rebut the presumption that a breathalyzer test was conducted properly and must stand trial again, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.

  • SCC upholds order for new trial after language rights infringed

    SCC upholds order for new trial after language rights infringed

    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.

  • Opening the Supreme Court

    Opening the Supreme Court

    Nov 12, 2018

    In the judge’s reading room of the Supreme Court of Canada building in Ottawa on a warm fall afternoon, Wagner is reflecting on the influence of family on his life.

  • SCC rules that a national securities regulator is constitutional

    SCC rules that a national securities regulator is constitutional

    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.

  • SCC upholds contract between Churchill Falls, Hydro Québec

    SCC upholds contract between Churchill Falls, Hydro Québec

    Nov 2, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada ended a long-standing dispute between the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador today over the sharing of profits from a hydroelectric plant on Labrador’s Churchill River, deciding that the contract cannot be revisited by the courts.

  • Supreme Court of Canada should have recognized UNDRIP in Mikisew Cree Nation v. Canada

    Oct 29, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada on Oct. 11, 2018. It was a case that addressed the question of whether the duty to consult Indigenous peoples applies to the law-making process. In a split decision, seven justices found that it does not.

  • Parliament has no duty to consult First Nations in making laws: SCC

    Parliament has no duty to consult First Nations in making laws: SCC

    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.

  • Kavanagh confirmation sows decades of judicial distrust

    Oct 9, 2018

    But what happens when disagreement with a decision turns into a complete dismissal of the judiciary’s independence and authority?