Firm appears in Supreme Court twice this week

December 11, 2012 - Ottawa - On Monday the Supreme Court of Canada heard oral arguments in the case of Brian Cuthbertson, et al. v. Hassan Rasouli by his Litigation Guardian and Substitute Decision Maker, Parichehr Salasel. Click here to read about the case. On Wednesday, the country's highest court will hear the case of Attorney General of Ontario v. Criminal Lawyers Association of Ontario in which the Mental Health Legal Committee has also been granted leave to intervene.

Marshall Swadron and Ryan Peck and Amy Wah of HIV and AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO) appeared in court in the Rasouli case. The joint intervention by the Mental Health Legal Committee (MHLC) and HALCO addressed the impact of the Court's ruling on treatment decision-making outside of end-of-life decisions. Mercedes Perez was also co-counsel in Rasouli. Bernadette Maheandiran, Karen Steward and Kelly Sinclair worked on the case as well.

In AG v. CLA, Anita Szigeti of Hiltz Szigeti LLP and Mercedes Perez will appear on behalf of the MHLC as an intervener in support of the position of the Criminal Lawyers Association that the Superior Court of Justice may set the terms and rate of payment of lawyers appointed as amicus curiae or "friend of the court." To read the Court of Appeal for Ontario's decision in this case, please click here.

To view the webcast of the Supreme Court hearing in Rasouli, please click here.

Amy Wah, Ryan Peck and Marshall Swadron in the Supreme Court of Canada (Photo credit: Laurie Joe)