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Supreme Court of Canada Addresses Jury Composition and Aboriginal Equality

A few months ago, this human rights column was about the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in R v Kokopenace, 2013 ONCA. The major issues in Kokopenace were the scope of the right to representativeness on the jury roll (a list of persons who are eligible to serve on a jury) under sections 11(d), 11(f) and/or […]


Linda McKay-Panos
Linda McKay-Panos, BEd, JD, LLM, is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

The Supreme Court of Canada: A History

The leading role of the Supreme Court of Canada is no longer in dispute, but there was a time when it had to struggle to establish its authority. The history of the Court began with section 101 of the Constitution Act, 1867, which allowed Parliament to establish a “General Court of Appeal for Canada”.  …if […]


Hugo Vaillancourt
In 2015, Hugo Vaillancourt is a third year law student at the Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal and will be a clerk at the Quebec’s Court of Appeal with Justice Manon Savard.

The Nadon Reference: A Unique Challenge

The judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada in the “Nadon Reference,” more elegantly known as Reference re Supreme Court Act, ss. 5 and 6, [2014] 1 SCR 433 is one of the more controversial decisions of the Court in the fairly long list of defeats for the federal government in recent years. Can Justice […]


John Edmond
John Edmond is a member of the bars of Ontario and British Columbia. He lives in Ottawa.

Top Courts in the U.S. and Canada: A Comparison

Knowledge of Canada or the United States is the best way to gain insight into the other North American country.  Nations can be understood only in comparative perspective.  And the more similar the units being compared, the more possible it should be to isolate the factors responsible for differences between them.  Looking intensively at Canada […]


Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

Jacqueline Bowal
Jacqueline Bowal is a student at the University of Calgary.

BenchPress 39-5: Private Use Doesn’t Apply

Two Edmonton men were acquitted of offences of making and possessing child pornography because the trial judge accepted that the material, involving two runaway teenage girls, was made for the men’s private use. The Supreme Court of Canada ordered new trials for the men, ruling that s. 153 of the Criminal Code, which makes sexual […]


Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the former Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

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