Lee Carter (R) stands next to her husband Hollis Johnson at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa which overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide on Friday. Ms  Carter’s mother, Kay Carter, traveled to Switzerland to end her life in 2010. Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters.

The Supreme Court of Canada overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide on Friday, unanimously reversing a decision it made in 1993. The move pu(...)

Four Courts: Effective public scrutiny of courts requires both a happenstance audience and the hope that such public scrutinisers have some knowledge of fair proceedings

Open court facilitates public scrutiny of courts, in the words of Jeremy Bentham, “to keep the judge while trying, under trial”. However, the common v(...)

Valerie Scott (left), one of three current and former sex workers who initiated a challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws, has her picture taken with a copy of the ruling at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa today. Photograph:  Chris Wattie/Reuters

Canada’s supreme court struck down major restrictions on prostitution today, including bans on brothels and street solicitation, declaring the laws un(...)