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Saskatchewan judge’s stop at tepee camp could raise perception of bias, expert saysAn experienced defence lawyer says a Saskatchewan judge’s attendance at an Indigenous demonstration after he ruled on it could expose the court to potential allegations of bias. Michael Spratt says it’s unusual for judges to have contact with one of the parties in a case that either could end up before them, or has already. Judges act as independent arbitrators and a perception of bias may undermine a court decision and the principle of impartiality, which forms trust in the system, he said. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Graeme Mitchell appeared Sunday at a closing ceremony for a 24-year-old Métis man, whom he ruled was allowed to stay on the provincial legislature’s lawn to finish a hunger strike over high suicide rates.

An experienced defence lawyer says a Saskatchewan judge’s attendance at an Indigenous demonstration after he ruled on it could expose the court to potential allegations of bias. Michael Spratt says it’s unusual for judges to have contact with...

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Saskatchewan judge’s stop at tepee camp could raise perception of bias, expert saysAn experienced defence lawyer says a Saskatchewan judge’s attendance at an Indigenous demonstration after he ruled on it could expose the court to potential allegations of bias.  Michael Spratt says it’s unusual for judges to have contact with one of the parties in a case that either could end up before them, or has already. Judges act as independent arbitrators and a perception of bias may undermine a court decision and the principle of impartiality, which forms trust in the system, he said.  Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Graeme Mitchell appeared Sunday at a closing ceremony for a 24-year-old Métis man, whom he ruled was allowed to stay on the provincial legislature’s lawn to finish a hunger strike over high suicide rates.

Inmate at Ottawa Jail tests positive for COVID-19

An inmate at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, Ottawa Public Health has confirmed. The inmate, who has no active symptoms, will remain isolated for 14 days from the date of the positive...

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Inmate at Ottawa Jail tests positive for COVID-19

Ottawa accused granted bail

Accused serial rapist Paul Batchelor, 35, has been granted bail while awaiting trial on nine counts of sexual assault, but he won’t be getting out of jail right away. Ontario Superior Court Justice Anne London-Weinstein granted him bail on...

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Ottawa accused granted bail

Day two of closing arguments in Montsion trial

OTTAWA -- Closing arguments have begun in the trial of an Ottawa police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal arrest of Abdirahman Abdi nearly four years ago. The arguments were initially scheduled to be heard in April, but proceedings...

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Day two of closing arguments in Montsion trial

What You Should Do When You Witness Police Brutality

When Edmonton resident Joshua Powell decided to film police using what he felt was excessive force while making an arrest at an Edmonton convenience store, he wound up getting charged with obstruction of justice. According to CBC Edmonton,...

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What You Should Do When You Witness Police Brutality

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