Supreme Court of Canada delivers reasons on mandatory minimum sentencing in R. v. Nur

On Tuesday, April 14, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in R. v. Nur.  The issue before the Court was the constitutionality of provisions of the Criminal Code which impose mandatory minimum sentences for certain gun crimes.  The Society intervened in this appeal and took the position that the impugned provisions were unconstitutional under Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


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March 28, 2017

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April 1, 2017

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April 5, 2017

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April 10, 2017

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Nominations Notice

On September 26, 2016, the Nominating Committee invited members to submit expressions of interest and to propose the names of other members to serve on the Board of Directors of the Society ...more

Video Conferencing at the OSCJ

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has issued a Practice Direction which provides guidance to counsel who wish to appear by video conference ...more

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April 6, 2017

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The Advocates' Society is proud to announce that The 2017 Advocates’ Society Medal has been awarded to Stephen Grant, LSM.

The Advocates’ Society is honoured to announce the 2017 recipient of The John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy is Allan R. O'Brien, Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP.


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