Some Reflections on Re BC Motor Vehicle Act

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This article discusses the reasons for judgment of justice Antonio Lamer (as he then was) in Re BC Motor Vehicle Act, [1985] 2 SCR 486, which, to the surprise of many, mandated a substantive component -- not just a procedural one -- to the meaning of Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The article also examines the methodology Justice Lamer provided to define "justice." Finally, the article also contains a brief discussion of some notable cases that subsequently shaped the concept of justice and concludes with a short section on what the future direction may be in the process of elaborating the meaning of justice.

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Iacobucci, The Hon. Frank, Some Reflections on Re BC Motor Vehicle Act. Ottawa Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 3, 2012. Available at SSRN:

The Hon. Frank Iacobucci (Contact Author)

Supreme Court of Canada


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