CCLA Applauds Supreme Court Decision on State Neutrality and Religious Freedom

The CCLA applauds the Supreme Court decision in Mouvement laïque québécois, et al. v. City of Saguenay, et al., which held that the recital of a prayer at the beginning of public city council meetings violates provisions of the Quebec charter of human rights and freedoms.  The Court found that the recital violated the state duty of […]

CCLA Welcomes SCC Ruling that Mandatory Minimum Sentences are Unconstitutional

CCLA welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Nur released today. CCLA had intervened in R v Nur and in the companion case R v Charles to argue that the three-year and five-year mandatory minimum sentences imposed under sections 95(2)(a)(i) and (ii) of the Criminal Code constitute cruel and unusual punishment in […]

CCLA Joins Human Rights Watch and others to Support Same Sex Marriage at US Supreme Court

CCLA has joined Human Rights Watch and the New York Bar Association, as well as human rights organizations from the UK, South Africa and Argentina, to support the right to same sex marriage in the U.S.. A joint amicus brief was filed by the organizations in the case of Obergefell v Hodges before the Supreme […]

Supreme Court Issues a Strong Decision on Freedom of Religion in Loyola v. Quebec

The Supreme Court has rendered its decision in Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General).  The case examines the province of Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum which was put in place several years ago when the province went through the process of moving away from a confessional system of education.  Loyola, a private […]

CCLA Intervenes in Case Concerning Freedom of Expression in the Courts

In January 2015 CCLA intervened in an important professional discipline case before Ontario’s Divisional Court.  The case, Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada, concerns the question of when a lawyer can be subject to professional discipline for statements made in court during highly contested litigation.  Joseph Groia, the lawyer at the centre of the […]