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BC Court of Appeal to rule on fairness in sentencing

Vancouver – On Friday, November 2, 2012, the BC Court of Appeal will deliver its decision in R. v. Whaling. This case involves the retrospective application of the Abolition of Early Parole Act, which eliminated accelerated parole review and accelerated day parole under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. The BCCLA is an intervener in the case. Of concern to the Association are the post-conviction rights of offenders, fairness in sentencing, and the increasing emphasis on long prison sentences in the criminal justice system.

The BCCLA argued that s. 11(h) of the Charter must be given a broad and purposive interpretation, and undertook to analyze s. 11(h) in the context of the Charter as a whole and as informed by jurisprudence from other common law jurisdictions.

The BCCLA is represented by Megan Vis-Dunbar and Professor Michael Jackson, Q.C.

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What: BC Court of Appeal to release judgment in R. v. Whaling

When:  BCCLA representatives will be available for comment after the judgment on Friday, November 2, 2012

Where: BC Court of Appeal

Who:  Counsel for the BCCLA, Megan Vis-Dunbar, and BCCLA Litigation Director (Acting), Carmen Cheung, will be available for comment

 MEDIA CONTACTS

Megan Vis-Dunbar, Lawyer for the BCCLA: 604-728-4852
Carmen Cheung, BCCLA Litigation Director (Acting): 604-630-9758