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Constitutional Law Mock Appeal Scenario: J. Bigbucks v. Canada (Attorney General)

This resource, originally from the OJEN Fall 2007 Charter Challenge, deals with an application by Mr. J. Bigbucks to have several sections of the Federal Elections Financing Act declared to be unconstitutional. Mr. Bigbucks alleges that the contribution and spending limits imposed by that legislation infringe his rights under ss. 2(b) and 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This resource includes the trial level decision, which provides the basis for the appeal as well as a factum template.

About the Charter Challenge

As Ontario’s only provincial appellate-level mock hearing, the Charter Challenge has students prepare arguments of Charter issues raised on appeal. While researching their arguments, students have the opportunity to connect online with other students around the province, as well as with lawyer mentors. Their factums are reviewed and finalist teams have the opportunity to argue the issue before a Court of Appeal judge, either in person or through video-conferencing.

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