CCLA welcomes Supreme Court decision on credit for pre-trial detention

The Supreme Court released its decision in R. v. Summers this morning, ruling that a broad range of circumstances may justify giving an individual enhanced credit for pre-trial detention at the time of sentencing.  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association intervened in the case, arguing that individuals must not face a harsher sentence simply because they [...]

Supreme Court reaffirms robust habeas corpus review for Canadian detainees

On March 27, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Mission Institution v. Khela, a case that examined the scope of court review on a habeas corpus application and the disclosure obligations correctional authorities owe when an individual is involuntarily transferred to a higher security correctional facility. Habeas corpus is a centuries-old [...]

CCLA intervenes in Kazemi v. Iran et al.

On March 18, 2014, CCLA appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in the case of Kazemi v. Iran et al.; Iran et al. v. Hashemi (Supreme Court of Canada File No. 35034). The case concerns the right to pursue a civil remedy against foreign governments for alleged death by torture – a violation of [...]

Quebec's Ethics and Religious Culture Curriculum Once Again Before the Supreme Court

CCLA has been granted leave to intervene in Loyola High School, et al. v. Attorney General of Quebec.  This case, scheduled to be heard by the Court on March 24, 2014, is the second time that the Court will consider an issue related to the province of Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum which [...]

Read CCLA's factum for The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and
the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness v. Mohamed Harkat

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and
the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness v. Mohamed Harkat. SCC File No: 34884

Click here to see the full factum.