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Jul 7, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada decision: Mistake of Age Defence

The Supreme Court of Canada released the following decision:

R. v. George, 2017 SCC 38, File no. 37372

(Criminal law — Defences — Mistake of age — Appeals — Jurisdiction of Court of Appeal — Verdict of acquittal — Accused charged with sexual offences against youth — Availability of mistake of age defence limited by requirement that accused took all reasonable steps to ascertain complainant’s age — Whether trial judge made legal errors in reasonable steps analysis — If so, whether errors were sufficiently material to justify appellate intervention — Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C‑46, s. 150.1(4) .)


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