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]
November 23, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday upheld a ban on pharmacies selling their own generic drug brands. The ruling addresses the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act and the Ontario Drug Benefit Act which were meant to control the rising price of pharmaceuticals. Under this scheme, ...[read more]
October 10, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The Court of Appeal for British Columbia on Thursday upheld Canada's law against doctor-assisted suicide. Justice Lynn Smith for the Supreme Court of British Columbia had ruled last year that the provisions of Canada's Criminal Code unjustly violate the rights to life, liberty and equality. She ...[read more]
September 8, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A judge for the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Friday declined to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by disabled members of the Canadian military seeking to invalidate a veteran compensation law that limits payments to disabled veterans. Last year disabled veterans joined together to ...[read more]
April 25, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A Toronto judge ruled Wednesday that a Muslim woman must remove her niqab while testifying in a sexual abuse case. The woman, known as NS, has been fighting for years to be allowed to wear her niqab while testifying and took her case to the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled in December that ...[read more]
March 31, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On March 31, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to review a ruling from the Court of Appeal of British Columbia, which would permit standing for Sheryl Kiselbach, a former sex worker from Vancouver, if affirmed. Kiselbach initiated a lawsuit challenging anti-prostitution laws in 2007, but ...[read more]
March 28, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday that police cannot use general search warrants to acquire text messages from a service provider's database. In a 5-2 decision, the court found that text messages are private communications and cannot be intercepted by police without special wiretap ...[read more]
March 19, 2013
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Ken E. Norman of the University of Saskatchewan Faculty of Law draws a comparison between the notion of free speech in the United States with the Supreme Court of Canada's recent ruling upholding a prohibition on hate speech ... The last two days in February witnessed ...[read more]
March 1, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 1, 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada held that a decision by the Canadian Parliament in 2000 to deny retroactive survivor benefits to same-sex couples was unconstitutional discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. That legislation recognized legal rights for same- ...[read more]

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