Quel devoir d’enquête ont les policiers?

Quel est l’étendue du devoir d’enquête des policiers à propos d’éléments de preuve d’une pertinence évidente et d’une importance déterminante pour la découverte de la vérité? L’Honorable Martin Vauclair, j.c.a., en traite, de façon accessoire à l’appel dans la décision Dulude c. R., 2022 QCCA 1096. Selon ce dernier, il incombe aux policiers d’enquêter sur les éléments de preuve hautement pertinents lorsque l’existence en est portée à leur attention.

What does “no” mean? The state of the law on consent in sexual assault and the mistaken belief in communicated consent

What is the state of the law when an accused argues they mistakenly believed the complainant in a sexual assault case was consenting to the sexual activity? This question has been addressed many times by the Supreme Court of Canada in the last three years, and the Quebec Court of Appeal has provided a relevant summary in Ofter v. R., 2022 QCCA 439.

Human Rights Day: Revisiting United States v. Burns, 2001 SCC 7, 20 years later

December 10 is Human Rights Day, the date in 1948 on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes the right to life, liberty and security of the person. In Canada, the death penalty has not been practiced since 1962. But what about when other countries who still have the death penalty seek Canada’s cooperation to extradite individuals facing serious crimes? The Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Burns, 2001 SCC 7, gives the answer.