CIA310 - Canadian Courts - Evolving through the Charter

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Subject Title
Canadian Courts - Evolving through the Charter

Subject Description

This course examines the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the process of judicial review by the Supreme Court of Canada and provincial/territorial Courts of Appeal. Through the examination of post-1982 judicial decisions, students will critically analyze Canadian democratic legitimacy and the impact of the Charter on the application of Canadian criminal law. The Supreme Court of Canada?s role in interpreting the Charter and its effect on Parliamentary supremacy will also be examined.

Credit Status

This is a Bachelor of Crime and Intelligence Analysis prescribed credit subject.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject students will be able to:


1.      Describe the structure of the Supreme Court and its constitutional position.

2.      Explain the differences between judicial interpretation and judicial law making within the judicial review process.

3.      Analyze Charter limitations and case law to determine its impact on the judicial review process.

4.      Summarize the impact of landmark Supreme Court decisions under the Charter.

5.      Discuss the limitations of the Charter on the rights of the individual in the criminal process.

6.      Contrast the remedy measures of the Charter to prevent Charter violations.

7.      Review the application of the provisions against cruel and unusual punishment within Canada’s judicial system.

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