COURT FINALLY HOLDS THAT CROWN ATTORNEYS CAN BE SUED! … but only by the police
Headline: Judge rules police can cross-claim Crowns for negligent legal advice
Outlet: Law Times
Release Date: 12/19/2016
Sean Dewart, a partner with Dewart Gleason LLP, says the decision brings a welcome relaxation of the law that requires Crowns to account for harm that is caused by their proven misconduct. He added that relaxation has unfortunately come at the price of furthering the idea that Crowns are counsel for the police.
“This comes perilously close to saying that Crown attorneys are advocates for the police, which is an odious proposition,” says Dewart, who did not act in the case.
“It is also entirely inconsistent with the idea that Crown prosecutors are quasi-judicial ministers of justice, and thus entitled to immunity.
“The pieces don’t fit together.”