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Is it A Crime in Canada to Commit Assisted...

In Canada, aiding or abetting a person to commit suicide is a criminal offence pursuant to section 241(b) of the Criminal Code. Section 14 of the Code says that no person may consent to death being inflicted on them. Together, these provisions prohibit the provision of assistance in dying in Canada. This applies to all persons in Canada including people who are grievously and irremediably ill. The constitutionality of the Criminal Code provisions prohibiting assistance in dying were recently challenged and decided upon by the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R. v. Taylor. Ms. Taylor, was unable to request a physician-assisted death because of the Criminal Code prohibition. This left her with what she described as the “cruel choice” between killing herself while she was still physically capable of doing so, or giving up the ability to exercise any control over the manner and timing of her…

18 Mar 2015

The Guilty Client

4 Mar 2015

When I attend a dinner party, it is inevitable that someone will hear that I am a criminal lawyer and feel compelled to advise me that they’ve always wanted to…