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Constitutional Law Mock Appeal Scenario: Lieutenant Andrea Redwing v. Her Majesty the Queen

This resource, originally from the OJEN Fall 2008 Charter Challenge, deals with an application by Lt. Andrea Redwing to declare a navy policy which only allows men to apply for a particular position aboard a submarine as unconstitutional. Lt. Redwing challenged the policy on the grounds that it violated her equality rights under ss. 15(1), 15(2) and 28 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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