Category Archives: Health Law

Criminal law ban against physician-assisted suicide

The SCC has found the Criminal Code provision prohibiting physician-assisted suicide unconstitutional, due to its violating the s.7 Charter rights of competent adult persons with grievous and irremediable medical conditions causing them enduring and intolerable suffering: Carter v. Canada (Attorney…

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Criminal law and when a fetus is a child

If you attended our CBA Health Law presentation on notable cases in 2012, you would have heard Julia Hincks talk about the case of R. v. Levkovic, where a building superintendent cleaning a vacated apartment discovered a bag on the…

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2012 Health Law Case Roundup

Health law cases in 2012 can be characterized by a number of significant cases addressing both the beginning and the end of life. Perhaps the most important case in 2012 is the court revisiting the prohibition on physician-assisted suicide being…

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Law criminalizing physician-assisted suicide is unconstitutional

In a lengthy but well-crafted judgment, the BC Supreme Court found that criminal laws preventing physicians from aiding or abetting persons to commit suicide were unconstitutional, as these provisions absolutely preventing patient access to physician-assisted death violated the s.7 and…

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