Case Summaries

Cases That Have Changed Society

Many cases are started by individuals or groups to respond to a particular event or to change a situation. The outcomes of these cases will often lead to changes in areas of the law which impact all Canadians. These short summaries are some of the decisions that have changed Canadian society in the last 25 years. 

Children's Rights Count

Exploring Domestic and International Mechanisms for Protecting and Advancing Children's Right Globally

Court Cases Illustrating Some Key Values of the Justice System

Some of the core values of the justice system have been identified as the rule of law, impartiality, fairness and equality. Individual rights are protected by the Constitution, particularly the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The following cases highlight the reasoning of Canadian courts concerning individual rights within the context of the public interest.

Everyday Law - Preparing for Legal Issues in Your Life

The Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (CLU3E) course is a valuable opportunity for students to build on the legal knowledge gained in grade 10 Civics, while enhancing students’ interest in the law.

In Brief: Section 8 of the Charter - The Right to be Secure Against Unreasonable Search or Seizure

OJEN In Brief resources are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to basic legal concepts. Each resource includes a short lesson plan for the teacher; a plain language description of the legal topic; and activities that provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the topic.

In Focus: Sanctuary and the "Free Lulu" Campaign

This resource focuses on the legal struggles of Jozsef Pusuma, Timea Daroczi and their young daughter, Viktoria. A Roma family from Hungary who sought refugee status in Canada after being attacked in their home by neo-nazis, their claim failed after their lawyer neglected to include critical evidence at their hearing. As a result, the family took sanctuary in a Toronto church, and have remained there for more than two years.

Justice and the Media

This OJEN resource has been developed to provide a foundation for students' understanding of the relationship between the media and the justice system and to develop critical thinking skills to consider issues of accessibility to the courts and confidence in media reporting.

Landmark Case: Aboriginal Treaty Rights - R. v. Marshall

Each OJEN Landmark Case includes a case summary, classroom discussion questions and worksheets that encourage students to explore both the legal and societal importance of the case. 

Landmark Case: Crown Duty to Disclose - R. v. Stinchcombe

Each OJEN Landmark Case includes a case summary, classroom discussion questions and worksheets that encourage students to explore both the legal and societal importance of the case.

Landmark Case: Dagenais v. Canadian Broadcasting Corp (Freedom of Expression, the Right to a Fair Trial, and the Charter)

Each OJEN Landmark Case includes a case summary, classroom discussion questions and worksheets that encourage students to explore both the legal and societal importance of the case.

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