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Update: Supreme Court Rules on Officers' Notes

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that police officers under investigation by a civilian watchdog are not allowed to have a lawyer help them prepare their notes

PHOTO: TORONTO SUN

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that police officers under investigation by a civilian watchdog are not allowed to have a lawyer help them prepare their notes.

The case has pitted officers against the families of two men shot dead by Ontario's provincial police in separate incidents in 2009.

The ruling offers clarity to the regulations that govern the province's Special Investigations Unit, which investigates violent incidents involving police officers.

The families argued before the Supreme Court that having a lawyer approve the notes that end up in police memo books is unacceptable.

They also said that allowing a single lawyer to act for several officers involved in an incident undermines rules against collusion.

Police argued they have the right to talk to a lawyer of their choosing before finalizing their notes.

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  1. jm posted on 12/19/2013 10:10 AM
    Finally, some common sense. Now if Bill Blair would only cooperate with the SIU we may be able to see some justice done, however, after the G20, Blair has too much to answer for. In a democracy, he'd be in jail.
  2. john posted on 12/19/2013 10:19 AM
    who cares ? next .
    1. jm posted on 12/19/2013 10:31 AM
      @john You should...We're not living in a police state, yet, although it's hard to tell the difference at times. The police, especially the Toronto Police, consider themselves above the law, enabled by Bill Blair, perhaps now they'll think before they lie, beat, and arrest the innocent. Even forcing them to issues receipts when they profile and question strangers has put an immediate stop to their practice of racial profiling...too bad they were allowed to remove their name tags during the G20...maybe those 1100 innocent people wouldn't have been arrested and tortured when falsely imprisoned.

      Think back to the days of The Cherry Beach Express...
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