Constitutional Litigation and Police Accountability

Frances lives and breathes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Fighting for civil liberties is at the core of her law practice. She represents individuals and non-profits across the country in constitutional and public interest cases engaging Charter rights, particularly criminal law, immigration and human rights issues.

Frances also assists individuals and families seeking accountability from the police through formal complaints, representation at coroner’s inquests held under the B.C. Coroners Act, and in civil suits against the RCMP and other police agencies.

Frances is proud to have represented a number of non-profit organizations as interveners at all levels of court in Canada, including the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Start Proud (formerly Out On Bay Street), Pivot Legal Society, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights.

Notable cases include:

Trinity Western University v. the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario Court of Appeal and Divisional CourtSupreme Court of Canada decision forthcoming) (with Start Proud and the OUTlaws)

Representation at a coroner’s inquest for the family of Phuong Na “Tony” Du, a Vietnamese man experiencing schizophrenia who was shot and killed by the Vancouver Police Department (with Pivot Legal Society)

R. v. Borowiec, 2016 SCC 11 (with LEAF)

Henry v. British Columbia (AG), 2015 SCC 24 (with British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights)

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