R. v. Seaboyer

R. v. Seaboyer

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case-name=R. v. Seaboyer; R. v. Gayme
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heard-date=March 26, 27, 1991
decided-date=August 22, 1991
citations= [1991] 2 S.C.R. 577
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"R. v. Seaboyer; R. v. Gayme", [1991] 2 S.C.R. 577 is a leading Supreme Court of Canada decision where the Court struck-down a rape-shield provision of the Criminal Code of Canada as it violated the right to "full answer and defence" under sections 7 and 11(d) of the "Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms".

Justice McLachlin, for the majority, found that the "Code" provision, which prevented those charged with sexual assault offences from cross-examining the complainant about his or her history of sexual activity, could, in some instances, exclude relevant evidence thus impeding the accused's ability to make full answer and defence.

Justice L'Heureux-Dubé, in dissent, found that the "Code" provision just excluded evidence that would be irrelevant and prejudicial to the integrity and fairness of the trial process.

ee also

* List of Supreme Court of Canada cases (Lamer Court)
* R. v. O'Connor
* R. v. Mills (1999)

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