R. v. Benoît (I.), (1989) 140 N.B.R.(2d) 210 (PC)

JudgeSavoie, P.C.J.
CourtProvincial Court of New Brunswick (Canada)
Case DateJune 22, 1989
JurisdictionNew Brunswick
Citations(1989), 140 N.B.R.(2d) 210 (PC)

R. v. Benoît (I.) (1989), 140 N.B.R.(2d) 210 (PC);

    140 R.N.-B.(2e) 210; 358 A.P.R. 210

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Her Majesty The Queen, on an information laid by M. Fournier, a member of the R.C.M.P. in Tracadie, N.B. v. Irénée Benoît

Indexed As: R. v. Benoît (I.)

New Brunswick Provincial Court

Savoie, P.C.J.

June 22, 1989.

Summary:

A teacher used force to make a recalcitrant student sit down. The teacher was charged with assault.

The New Brunswick Provincial Court acquitted the teacher.

Criminal Law - Topic 1421

Assaults - Defence - Child correction - A grade eight student failed to do his home­work - The teacher informed him that he would have to deal with him - The student answered: "I don't care." - The teacher considered this remark unacceptable - He then stood in front of the student's desk - The student turned his back to him - The teacher asked him to turn around - The student refused - The teacher turned him around twice - The first time, he grabbed the student by the neck - The second time, he grabbed him by the shoulder - The student resisted and left the classroom "his face red and in tears" - The teacher was charged with assault - He claimed to have used reasonable force under the cir­cumstances - The New Brunswick Provin­cial Court acquitted the teacher.

Civil Rights - Topic 3265

Trials - Due process, fundamental justice and fair hearings - Speedy trial - Ac­cused's right to - "Within a reasonable time" - What constitutes - On November 28, 1988, a teacher was charged with assault - He appeared in court at Tracadie, N.B. on the same day, but the hearing for entering of plea was adjourned to Decem­ber 12, 1988 - On that date, the hearing was adjourned to January 12, 1989, be­cause the judge had a conflicting schedule - The teacher pleaded not guilty - On January 9, 1989, presumably on the judge's initiative, trial was adjourned to February 20, 1989 - No judge was available on that day - Hearing was set for March 6 in order to set a new trial date - The trial finally took place on May 11, 1989 - The New Brunswick Provincial Court held that the delay be­tween the laying of the infor­mation and the trial was not unreasonable - See para­graph 1.

Education - Topic 5230

Students - Discipline of - Use of reason­able force by teacher - [See Criminal Law - Topic 1421 ].

Cases Noticed:

R. v. Rahey, [1987] 1 S.C.R. 588; 75 N.R. 81; 78 N.S.R.(2d) 183; 193 A.P.R. 183; 33 C.C.C.(3d) 289; 57 C.R.(3d) 289; 39 D.L.R.(4th) 481, refd to. [para. 1].

R. v. Imbeault (1977), 17 N.B.R.(2d) 234; 23 A.P.R. 234 (Co. Ct.), refd to. [para. 2].

R. v. Metcalfe, [1927] 3 W.W.R. 194; 49 C.C.C. 260 (Sask. Dist. Ct.), consd. [para. 2].

R. v. Campeau (1951), 103 C.C.C. 355; 14 C.R. 202 (Qué. C.A.), refd to. [para. 4].

Statutes Noticed:

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982, sect. 11(b), sect. 24(1) [para. 1].

Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46, sect. 43, sect. 245(b), sect. 266(b) [para. 1].

Counsel:

Luce Andrée Gauthier, for the Crown;

Richard Bell, for the accused.

This action was heard in Tracadie, New Brunswick, before Savoie, P.C.J., of the Provin­cial Court of New Brunswick.

Savoie, P.C.J., delivered the following decision on June 22, 1989.

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    • New Brunswick Provincial Court of New Brunswick (Canada)
    • September 28, 1993
    ...259 (C.Q.B.T.D.), refd to. [para. 7]. R. v. Haberstock (1970), 1 C.C.C.(2d) 433 (Sask. C.A.), refd to. [para. 7]. R. v. Benoît (I.) (1989), 140 N.B.R.(2d) 210; 358 A.P.R. 210 (P.C.), consd. [para. R. v. Ogg-Moss, [1984] 2 S.C.R. 173; 54 N.R. 81; 5 O.A.C. 81; 41 C.R.(3d) 297, consd. [para. 8......
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    • August 15, 1994
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