The Queen v. M.(R.) 2017
Client was observed driving his vehicle erratically just before crashing into a tree. He was taken to the hospital. Once he was deemed to be in fine physical shape by hospital staff, he was taken to the police station where he provided samples of his breath that tested at over three times the legal limit. He was charged accordingly. Immediately after being retained Mr. van der Walle sent a detailed disclosure request to the Crown. Eight months later, and only one business day before trial, the Crown provided the disclosure to the defence. In response Mr. van der Walle filed a Charter application alleging a violation of the client’s right to full disclosure and to make full answer and defence. After hearing argument the judge sided with the defence and ordered a judicial stay of proceedings. Not guilty. No trial necessary.
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