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May 15, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada decision: Awarding Costs Against Lawyers


The Supreme Court of Canada released the following decision:

Quebec (Criminal and Penal Prosecutions) v. Jodoin, 2017 SCC 26, File no. 36539

(Criminal law — Costs — Lawyers — Courts — Jurisdiction — Superior Court dismissing motions of defence lawyer for writs of prohibition and awarding costs against lawyer personally — Court of Appeal setting award aside — Criteria and process applicable to exercise by courts of their power to impose such sanction on lawyer — Whether awarding costs against lawyer personally was justified in this case — Whether Court of Appeal erred in substituting its own opinion for that of Superior Court.)
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