March 27, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that the federal government does not have to relinquish its gun-registry database to Quebec. The Court's 5-4 decision affirmed Parliament's constitutional right over criminal law. Although three Quebec judges dissented, the majority ruled that the principle ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The Supreme Court of Canada on Monday began hearing arguments in a series of five cases challenging human smuggling laws within Canada. Section 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the law at issue in all five cases, criminalizes the act of knowingly assisting an undocumented ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down part of the nation's anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law pertaining to lawyers, on the grounds that the legislation infringed on lawyers' duty to their clients. A unanimous court found that provisions of the Proceeds of Crime (Money ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday unanimously struck down the country's ban on medically assisted suicide. The court found the provision in Canada's Criminal Code that criminalized the aiding and abetting of suicide efforts unconstitutional under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Supreme Court of Canada held on Friday that a worker's right to strike is constitutionally protected. The court's decision came after a challenge to the constitutionality of a Saskatchewan statute that limited the ability of "essential service employees" from participating in any strike action ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Senate on Thursday approved the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, which proposes development of a 1,179 mile pipeline for the transmission of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican-led Senate approved the bill in a 62 to 36 vote, with only nine Democrats joining the ...[read more]
November 14, 2014
by Emelina Perez
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that a term of good faith performance is now an implied requirement in all contractual agreements. The court found that Canadian courts' resistance to ruling on the issue of good faith performance in contracts has created an "unsettled and incoherent body ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act, a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, a Canadian citizen visited Iran ...[read more]
March 20, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Minnesota ruled Wednesday that part of a Minnesota statute prohibiting the advising or encouraging of suicide is unconstitutional. The court overturned the conviction of William Melchert-Dinkel, who was convicted in 2011 of two counts of aiding suicide, after a judge found he " ...[read more]
December 20, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down three of the country's anti-prostitution laws, finding that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While prostitution is not illegal in Canada, the laws at issue banned keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, ...[read more]

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