Ever wonder what the top ten most cited canadian court cases are? Here is a list determined by a CanLii search. If the case is cited, perhaps you should read it (or at least the headnote!). The descriptors are not necessary accurate or verified – they are words commonly used throughout the decision and pulled by a CanLii program.
1. R. v. W.(D.),  1 S.C.R. 742 — 1991-03-28
Supreme Court of Canada — Federal recharge — jury — beyond a reasonable doubt — main charge — evidence
cited by 3689 cases
2. Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick, 2008 SCC 9,  1 S.C.R. 190 — 2008-03-07
Supreme Court of Canada — Federal adjudicator — review —reasonableness — administrative — procedural fairness
cited by 2855 cases
3. Baker v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration),  2 S.C.R. 817 — 1999-07-09
Supreme Court of Canada — Federal humanitarian — compassionate — reasonable apprehension of bias — duty of procedural fairness — children
cited by 2701 cases
4. Housen v. Nikolaisen, 2002 SCC 33,  2 S.C.R. 235 — 2002-03-28
Supreme Court of Canada — Federal curve — road — municipality — hazard — standard
cited by 2142 cases
5. Pushpanathan v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration),  1 S.C.R. 982 — 1998-06-04
Supreme Court of Canada — Federal drug trafficking — contrary to the purposes — international — principles — refugee
cited by 2118 cases
6. R. v. Collins,  1 S.C.R. 265 — 1987-04-09 Supreme Court of Canada — Federal administration of justice into disrepute — bring the administration of justice — search — heroin — admission of the evidence
cited by 2044 cases
7. RJR — MacDonald Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General),  1 S.C.R. 311 — 1994-03-03 Supreme Court of Canada — Federal
public interest — irreparable harm — tobacco products — legislation — regulations
cited by 1923 cases
8. R. v. Proulx, 2000 SCC 5,  1 S.C.R. 61 — 2000-01-31
Supreme Court of Canada — Federal conditional sentence — offender — incarceration — community — imprisonment
cited by 1913 cases
9. Canada (Director of Investigation and Research) v. Southam Inc.,  1 S.C.R. 748 — 1997-03-20
Supreme Court of Canada — Federal community newspapers — inter-industry competition — substantial lessening of competition — remedy — advertisers
cited by 1910 cases
10. R. v. M. (C.A.),  1 S.C.R. 500 — 1996-03-21
Supreme Court of Canada — Federal
sentence — offender — parole — imprisonment — fixed-term sentences
cited by 1900 cases
Hello cruel and curious world:
For those interested in Tort law – or extra-contractual law (as we call it at McGill) – take a look at this summary. It is a comic book. Two creative students put it together and made it available to everyone without cost. It covers some of the rudimentary subjects in Canadian tort law, in both common and civil law. You can download the pdf here.
Isn't this neat?
For those who don’t know – most law students do not do all the readings. Intricate systems of summarizing cases are devised for each course. Sometimes a compilation is a group effort. In the case above, it was done by a team. Usually, a summary is adapted from some earlier version of the course (and some earlier summary) and updated based on the new readings and slightly altered lecture notes. In some cases, summaries enable students to either a) skip class or b) spend the entire class browsing facebook.
If you do go to law school, take your time to venture beyond the bland commonplace – use your talents to create interesting study tools. It will help you learn better and will make you proud of your work, despite whatever grade you may receive (and odds are, you probably will learn the material better in the process).
Posted in Civil Law, Common Law, Public Legal Education
Tagged Canadian tort law, comic law, comparative law, comparative tort law, extra-contractual law, lara khoury, law and popular culture, law school, law summaries, McGill University law, pure economic loss, quebec private law, tort summary, transsystemic law
Welcome to LegalEase – a Montreal-based, produced and broadcast radio show concerning “The Law”. This month’s episode is entitled: The Legitimatrix.
True to content, Professor Richard Sherwin’s lecture carries the same name. He gave the annual Beatty lecture in 2010 – it was entitled: LEGITIMATRIX: LAW, ETHICS AND THE DIGITAL NEO-BAROQUE. How are new visual technologies are transforming the practice and theory of law? This raises new questions, such as: What authorizes visual meaning as a matter of law? LegalEase sat down with the Professor and picked his brain.
Daniel Mayer continues his four part series on ‘French Canadian identity outside Quebec’, focusing his second installment on the cultural and political development of Franco-Ontarien identity in the 20th Century.
LegalEase catches up with Nafay Choudhury to learn about the recent Omar Khadr decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. Choudhry attended the pleadings in 2009 for the case and has valuable insights to share.
Check out the Khadr decision here: Canada (Prime Minister) v. Khadr, 2010 SCC 3
Our final segment features a new student-run international law blog called, “Legal Frontiers”. Law student Dan King tells us a little bit about the project. Check it out at www.legalfrontiers.ca
Enjoy! Check us out at http://legaleaseckut.wordpress.com or email us at legalease[at]ckut.ca
Posted in Common Law, Criminal Law, International Law, Legal Theory
Tagged Beatty lecture, Child soldier, Evidence and Technology, Francophone identity, Law Blogs, Legal Frontiers, legitimatrix, Omar Khadr, Omar Khadr Decision 2010, Québec, repatriation, SCC