All courts must uphold Gladue principles

Nov 27, 2015 By Matthew Friedberg
Toronto criminal lawyer Matthew Friedberg says  the comments of an Ottawa justice of the peace may show a disregard for  the way the Supreme Court of Canada has directed the justice system to  consider aboriginal peoples’ backgrounds. “What is concerning about this is the justice of the peace did not appear to have an appreciation of Gladue principles and seemed to be somewhat dismissive of the issue," he tells

Christopher Jacko, a 25-year-old Ojibway man from a northern Ontario reserve, appeared before Ottawa Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault, reports APTN National News

To be released on bail from an Ottawa jail where he’d spent the last three months on assault and breach charges, he wanted to explain to the justice of the peace that he had suffered “horrific” abuse, neglect and was dealing with the generational impact of residential schools. But Girault wasn’t interested in hearing another “sad” story, reports the network. 

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