Unit 1     Legal Principles & Problems in Criminal Law



BIG IDEA 1     ELEMENTS OF THE OFFENCE
Criminal Law's Purpose
TEXT READING     What is a Crime?






THE HARM PRINCIPLE & CRIMINALIZATION OF BEHAVIOUR


Defend OR Refute the FOLLOWING STATEMENT          "We Are All Criminals"


OPENING FACT PATTERN          R. v. Stephan (2019 on appeal)
LISTEN     Podcast Series Canadian True Crime The Death of Ezekiel Stephan PART 1 (ep. 67), PART 2 (ep. 68), PART 3 (ep. 69).
67 The Death of Ezekiel Stephan - Part 1
Kristi Lee (Canadian True Crime)
0:00/1:15:18
68 The Death of Ezekiel Stephan - Part 2
Kristi Lee (Canadian True Crime)
0:00/1:08:56
69 The Death of Ezekiel Stephan - Part 3
Kristi Lee (Canadian True Crime)
0:00/1:04:35

3--2--1 ACTIVITY     See Google Classroom Materials.


R. v. Stephan CASE TIMELINE

Most Recent Journalism on the Stephan Case

6 CASE LESSONS     RATIOS

FACTS DETERMINED AT FIRST TRIAL in R. v. Stephan (2016)  →  DECISION APPEALED ALL THE WAY UP TO THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA (ordered a retrial) → SECOND TRIAL (acquitted) (2019) →  Appealed (decision set aside and retrial ordered) (2021) ... awaiting Crown decision on pursuing a THIRD TRIAL.

NOTE -- a senior Crown prosecutor will be asked to assess the public interest in going ahead, the likelihood of conviction, and the importance of sending a message about parental rights (i.e. general deterrence).  Backlogs in the courts, the amount of time that has passed, and the availability of witnesses could also be considered.



The Criminal Equation EXPANDED

READING 1     Elements of an Offence



BIG IDEA 2     THEORIES OF CRIMINALITY & CRIMINAL

RESPONSIBILITY
SEE R.v. Jacob Legal Opinion Project Page <https://www.socialglobalstudies.com/r-v-jacob-legal-opinion>.


BIG IDEA 3     MEASURING HARM (THE HARM PRINCIPLE)

ADDITIONAL CASE NOTES


APPLYING BIG IDEA 1, 2, 3
R. v. Jimmy Case TEACHER HIGHLIGHTS
CCC s. 88 and s. 90 ANNOTATIONS & HIGHLIGHTS


BIG IDEA 4     JUDGE-MADE LAW & PRECEDENT


HIV & the Criminalization of Non-Disclosure



LISTEN FOR CONTEXT The History of HIV
#93: World AIDS Day Turns 30
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Out In The Open)
0:00/54:47
10/06/12 TSE - Podcast
The Sunday Edition from CBC Radio (Highlights) (The Sunday Edition from CBC Radio (Highlights))
0:00/1:28:15
Aids and the Law INTRO PODCAST (LISTEN from minute 37:46 to 42:33 2012)

DOCUMENTARY     Positive Women

EVOLUTION OF CRIMINALIZATION BY PRECEDENT CASES -- STUDENT TASKS
HIV & the Criminal Law case package INCLUDES --


PART 2     HIV Case Readings [Ssenyonga, Cuerrier, Williams, Mabior/D.C., Bear]



BIG IDEA 5     CRIMINAL DEFENCES
Gay Panic as a Legal Defence - November 21, 2012
The Current from CBC Radio (Highlights) (The Current from CBC Radio (Highlights))
0:00/26:56

LISTEN FROM MINUTE 10:46 to 18:37


SOURCE 2     FACT PATTERN

The Appellant = The Accused, Sebastian Bouchard

CCC OFFENCE OF MURDER

LEGAL TEST -- DEFENCE OF PROVOCATION  CCC  s. 232

Criminal Defences Grid     READINGS + PRECEDENT CASES

INSTRUCTIONS -- Based on the readings linked ABOVE create a Criminal Defence Grid detailing two elements: 1) the LEGAL TEST to establish an "air of reality" for each criminal defence AND 2) the RATIO of the leading case for each criminal defence (detailed in the readings provided ABOVE).

NCR Not Criminally Responsible (The Defence of Mental Disorder) DOCUMENTARY The Man Who Hears Voices