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Digital Border Searches: R v Canfield, 2020 ABCA 383

Guest Author: Professor Steven Penney | University of Alberta, Faculty of Law While the border is not a Charter-free zone, the courts have largely deferred to the state’s sovereignty and security interests in applying section 8 of the Charter to customs and immigration searches. The template was set in R v Simmons,[1] where the Supreme Court …

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French Trial in Alberta?

Scope of Language Rights in Criminal Proceedings While Alberta has only adopted English as its official language, it is not exempt from having legal obligations to provide certain legal services in French. The right to a trial in the official language of one’s choice is one of these obligations that was initially implemented in 1985 …

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