Regina v Jackson: 1993

(Supreme Court of Canada) McLachlin J: ‘It is true that the trial judge charged the jury clearly and correctly on the mental state required to find Davy guilty of murder. It is also true that the jury found Davy guilty of murder. Nevertheless, I agree with the Court of Appeal that one cannot be satisfied the verdict is just, given the failure of the trial judge to set out the basis for convicting Davy of manslaughter under ss. 21(1) and 21(2) [of the Criminal Code] and the absence of any instruction that a party may be guilty of manslaughter even though the perpetrator is guilty of murder.’


McLachlin J


[1993] 4 SCR 573



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CitedRegina v Coutts HL 19-Jul-2006
The defendant was convicted of murder. Evidence during the trial suggested a possibility of manslaughter, but neither the defence nor prosecution proposed the alternate verdict. The defendant now appealed saying that the judge had an independent . .
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Updated: 17 May 2022; Ref: scu.243353