R. v. Eriksen (J.A.), 2006 YKCA 13

JudgeSaunders, Smith and Thackray, JJ.A.
CourtCourt of Appeal (Yukon Territory)
Case DateMay 29, 2006
JurisdictionYukon
Citations2006 YKCA 13;(2006), 230 B.C.A.C. 216 (YukCA)

R. v. Eriksen (J.A.) (2006), 230 B.C.A.C. 216 (YukCA);

    380 W.A.C. 216

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Temp. Cite: [2006] B.C.A.C. TBEd. SE.017

Regina (respondent) v. John Abraham Eriksen (appellant)

(CA02-YU489; 2006 YKCA 13)

Indexed As: R. v. Eriksen (J.A.)

Yukon Court of Appeal

Saunders, Smith and Thackray, JJ.A.

September 14, 2006.

Summary:

The accused appealed his conviction for committing perjury.

The Yukon Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal.

Criminal Law - Topic 511

Offences against the administration of law and justice - Perjury - Corroboration - The accused was called as a witness at his brother's trial for theft of bicycles that ended up in the accused's garage - During the morning session of the preliminary inquiry, the accused testified that he had bought the bicycles - In the afternoon, the accused admitted that his brothers had approached him to store the bicycles in his garage - The trial judge relied on the inconsistent testimony at the preliminary inquiry, a signed statement and the admissions of fact made by the accused and his brother to find the accused guilty of perjury - The accused appealed his conviction, arguing that corroboration emanating from something or someone other than himself was required in order to convict him, pursuant to s. 133 of the Criminal Code - The Yukon Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal - The evil addressed by s. 133 was the danger that the accused would be convicted on a contest, oath against oath, between himself or herself, and another witness - It did not apply to the case of conflicting statements by the accused - See paragraphs 13 to 29.

Cases Noticed:

R. v. Calder, [1960] S.C.R. 892; 129 C.C.C. 202, refd to. [para. 12].

R. v. Wolf, [1975] 2 S.C.R. 107; 2 N.R. 415; 17 C.C.C.(2d) 425, refd to. [para. 12].

R. v. Brewer (1921), 34 C.C.C. 341 (Alta. C.A.), consd. [para. 17].

R. v. Clarke, [2004] R.J.Q. 780; 184 C.C.C.(3d) 18 (Que. C.A.), consd. [para. 17].

R. v. Thind (1991), 64 C.C.C.(3d) 301 (B.C.C.A.), consd. [para. 17].

R. v. Evans (D.L.) (1995), 102 Man.R.(2d) 186; 93 W.A.C. 186; 101 C.C.C.(3d) 369 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 20].

Statutes Noticed:

Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46, sect. 133 [para. 10].

Counsel:

E.R. Hill, for the appellant;

M. Cozens, for the respondent.

This appeal was heard on May 29, 2006, at Whitehorse, Yukon, by Saunders, Smith and Thackray, JJ.A., of the Yukon Court of Appeal. The following judgment of the Court of Appeal was delivered by Saunders, J.A., at Vancouver, British Columbia, on September 14, 2006.

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    ...144, 432 R. v. Eriksen (2006), 213 C.C.C. (3d) 374, 230 B.C.A.C. 216, 2006 YKCA 13 .... 524 R. v. Ervin, 2003 ABCA 179, 176 C.C.C. (3d) 152, [2003] A.J. No. 732 ............ 289 R. v. Ethier, [1959] O.R. 533, 31 C.R. 30, 124 C.C.C. 332 (C.A.) ....................... 523 R. v. Ethier, [2005]......
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    • Canada
    • Irwin Books Archive The Law of Evidence. Seventh Edition
    • August 29, 2015
    ...Engen, [2011] O.J. No. 6096, 2011 ONCJ 814 ............................................ 542 R. v. Eriksen (2006), 213 C.C.C. (3d) 374, 230 B.C.A.C. 216, 2006 YKCA 13 ............................................................................................. 570 R. v. Ethier, [1959] O.R. 5......
  • Table of Cases
    • Canada
    • Irwin Books Archive The Law of Evidence. Sixth Edition
    • September 8, 2011
    ...435 R. v. Eriksen (2006), 213 C.C.C. (3d) 374, 230 B.C.A.C. 216, 2006 YKCA 13 ............................................................................................. 525 R. v. Ervin, 2003 ABCA 179, 176 C.C.C. (3d) 152, [2003] A.J. No. 732 ............ 291 R. v. Ethier, [1959] O.R. 533......
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    • Superior Court of Justice of Ontario (Canada)
    • January 16, 2019
    ...accused made the false statement intending to mislead the Court: Calder v. The Queen, [1960] S.C.R. 892; 129 CCC 202 (SCC), R. v. Eriksen, 2006 YKCA 13, at para 12. Admissible Evidence [20]        The offence of perjury is an exception to the protections a......
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  • R. v. King, 2019 ONSC 466
    • Canada
    • Superior Court of Justice of Ontario (Canada)
    • January 16, 2019
    ...accused made the false statement intending to mislead the Court: Calder v. The Queen, [1960] S.C.R. 892; 129 CCC 202 (SCC), R. v. Eriksen, 2006 YKCA 13, at para 12. Admissible Evidence [20]        The offence of perjury is an exception to the protections a......
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    • British Columbia Court of Appeal (British Columbia)
    • June 14, 2012
    ...191, dist. [para. 39]. R. v. Bouchard (1982), 13 Man.R.(2d) 344; 66 C.C.C.(2d) 338 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 48]. R. v. Eriksen (J.A.) (2006), 230 B.C.A.C. 216; W.A.C. 216; 2006 YKCA 13, refd to. [para. R. v. Neveu (2004), 184 C.C.C.(3d) 18 (Que. C.A.), refd to. [para. 50]. Statutes Noticed: ......
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    ...against another oath (that of the accused)." The Yukon Court of Appeal has reiterated the same principle more recently in R. v. Eriksen , 2006 YKCA 13, 213 C.C.C. (3d) 374. Saunders J.A. stated, at para. 21, that the purpose of s. 133 was to avoid "the danger that the accused will be convic......
3 books & journal articles
  • Table of Cases
    • Canada
    • Irwin Books Archive The Law of Evidence. Revised Fifth Edition
    • September 2, 2008
    ...144, 432 R. v. Eriksen (2006), 213 C.C.C. (3d) 374, 230 B.C.A.C. 216, 2006 YKCA 13 .... 524 R. v. Ervin, 2003 ABCA 179, 176 C.C.C. (3d) 152, [2003] A.J. No. 732 ............ 289 R. v. Ethier, [1959] O.R. 533, 31 C.R. 30, 124 C.C.C. 332 (C.A.) ....................... 523 R. v. Ethier, [2005]......
  • Table of cases
    • Canada
    • Irwin Books Archive The Law of Evidence. Seventh Edition
    • August 29, 2015
    ...Engen, [2011] O.J. No. 6096, 2011 ONCJ 814 ............................................ 542 R. v. Eriksen (2006), 213 C.C.C. (3d) 374, 230 B.C.A.C. 216, 2006 YKCA 13 ............................................................................................. 570 R. v. Ethier, [1959] O.R. 5......
  • Table of Cases
    • Canada
    • Irwin Books Archive The Law of Evidence. Sixth Edition
    • September 8, 2011
    ...435 R. v. Eriksen (2006), 213 C.C.C. (3d) 374, 230 B.C.A.C. 216, 2006 YKCA 13 ............................................................................................. 525 R. v. Ervin, 2003 ABCA 179, 176 C.C.C. (3d) 152, [2003] A.J. No. 732 ............ 291 R. v. Ethier, [1959] O.R. 533......

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