The Matrix of Jurisprudence

Jurisprudence Juris- of law or of right Prudens/Prudentia-knowledge or skill of the law. Science or Philosophy of the Law Dealing with concepts, principles, notions of legal thought Look below surface of laws, court decisions and legal institutions Historical and Philosophic Roots Legal Matrix= Puzzle Interlocking Concepts, theories, principles and institutions. Law more than just rules…

FREEDOM: THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES

Civil Liberties in the Constitution Civil liberties are constitutional provisions, laws, and practices that protect individuals from governmental interference. Found primarily in the Bill of Rights. They protect us from the government. Civil rights are guarantees by government of equal treatment to all citizens.  (The word equality does not appear in the Constitution.) Constitutional liberties…

Eldridge v. British Columbia (Attorney General) (SCC, 1987)

Summary of Facts: Hospital Insurance Act and the Medical and Health Care Services Act. Neither program provides funding for sign language interpretation for the deaf. All of the appellants were born deaf and use sign language as their preferred means of communication. The appellants claim that without the use of an interpreter, they are unable…

Crime Definitions

Homicide: killing another human being, either directly or indirectly Non-Culpable Homicide: is not criminal and occurs when death is caused by complete accident or in self-defence First Degree Murder: –          is planned and deliberate (considered, not impulsive) –          victim is a law enforcement agent –          occurs while another offensive crime is being committed –          occurs…