On October 10, 2014, the Court released its decision in Kazemi Estate. Read the decision here and read commentary in the National magazine’s blog here. Monique was counsel to the intervenor, Canadian Bar Association. The video of the hearing, the written arguments of the parties and the intervenors, and other materials related to the case are available on the Court’s web site, here.
On October 9, 2014, the Court allowed leave to appeal the British Columbia Court of Appeal’s decision in R. v. Appulonappa (available here). The Supreme Court’s case information can be viewed here. The case involves important issues at the intersection of constitutional law, criminal law and refugee law. The hearing is scheduled for February 16 and 17, 2015.
The May 16, 2014 issue of the Lawyers Weekly comments on the constitutional significance of the British Columbia Court of Appeal’s decision in R. v. Appulonappa.
Winds of change are blowing here at Ethos. At the end of April, we are saying a bientot to our friend and colleague, Katrina Pacey, one of the founding partners of the firm and, of late, associate counsel at Ethos. Katrina will be sorely missed around the office, but we will be cheering her on as she […]
On March 18, 2014, the Supreme Court heard arguments in The Estate of Zahra (Ziba) Kazemi et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran et al. Zahra Kazemi was a Canadian-Iran photojournalist who was arrested in Tehran in 2003 while taking photographs outside of Evin Prison. She was detained, tortured and sexually assaulted. She died from her injuries. […]
Ethos is very proud of our own Katrina Pacey, who today argued on behalf of clients SWUAV, PACE and Pivot in the Bedford case at the Supreme Court of Canada. Bedford considers the constitutionality of three provisions of the Criminal Code relating to sex work in Canada. Watch the oral argument, and read the written arguments in Bedford on the Supreme Court’s web site.
The B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed an application by Canada and British Columbia to strike the claim made by Rosemarie Surakka on behalf of her deceased daughter, Lisa Dudley, for a violation of Ms. Dudley’s s. 7 Charter right not to be deprived of her life except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice. Ms. Dudley was shot […]
Ethos Law Group wishes everyone a happy International Women’s Day 2013! Over the past year we’ve had the good fortune to work on a variety of matters aimed at improving the lives of girls and women in our communities. We’ll keep it up, and we hope that International Women’s Day this year will renew your commitment to realize equality and justice for […]
In Canada (Attorney General) v. Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence, 2012 SCC 45, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified the law of public interest standing to bring Charter claims. The Canadian Bar Association’s National magazine covers the decision in its January – February 2013 issue.
On September 21, 2012, Canada’s highest court has unanimously ruled that a former sex worker and an organization run by and for street-based sex workers should be granted public interest standing to challenge the laws related to adult prostitution. This case began in 2007 when a non profit society run by and for street-based sex […]