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Ontario hearing for TWU School of Law starts June 1

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On Monday June 1, the judicial review of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) decision, which refused accreditation of future Trinity Western University School of Law graduates, will commence at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, ON. The hearing, which is open to the public, is scheduled to run for four days from 10 am to 4:30 pm daily.

During this time, a panel of three judges, Justice Ian Nordheimer, Justice Frank Marrocco, and Justice Edward, will hear the arguments for and against the LSUC’s decision—a 28-21 vote last April—against allowing future TWU law school graduates to practise in Ontario.

At stake is more than just the right of TWU graduates to practise law, but— in what some are calling the seminal Charter case of our time—whether people of faith are to be restricted in their right to associate in community and to fully participate in Canadian society.

The recent Supreme Court of Nova Scotia decision involving almost identical facts describes the conflict between TWU and law societies as one of balancing Charter rights. In that case, Justice Campbell said, “I have concluded that the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society did not have the authority to do what it did. I have also concluded that even if it did have that authority it did not exercise it in a way that reasonably considered the concerns for religious freedom and liberty of conscience.” While the Nova Scotia decision is now under appeal, it has set an important precedent in protection of freedoms for all religious communities in Canada. TWU is confident that the Ontario Courts will come to the same conclusion in the LSUC case.

Interveners in Ontario include the Attorney General of Canada, The Christian Legal Fellowship, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and Christian Higher Education Canada.

President Bob Kuhn will attend the hearings at the Toronto courthouse and be available for media interviews. Daily summaries of the proceedings will be posted on the TWU School of Law Blog. For live tweets during the hearing, follow @TWULawSchool.

Hear from TWU School of Law Executive Director Earl Phillips, in this video series on why there is a need for a law school at Trinity Western. Also, hear the story of TWU alumna and University of Toronto law student Jessie Legaree, about why she wants to be a Christian lawyer.

Superior Court of Ontario
Trinity Western University vs. Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

June 1-4
10:00 am – 1:00 pm (with a morning break); 2:15 – 4:30 pm

Courtroom # 6-1 @ Court House
361 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1T3
Open to the public 

  • Last Updated on May 28th, 2015 at 11:48am
  • Author: Jennifer Watton
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