R. v. MacArthur (F.H.), 2009 NSPC 61

JudgeStroud, P.C.J.
CourtProvincial Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
Case DateOctober 22, 2009
JurisdictionNova Scotia
Citations2009 NSPC 61;(2009), 286 N.S.R.(2d) 90 (PC)

R. v. MacArthur (F.H.) (2009), 286 N.S.R.(2d) 90 (PC);

    909 A.P.R. 90

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Temp. Cite: [2009] N.S.R.(2d) TBEd. DE.039

Her Majesty the Queen v. Francis Hugh MacArthur

(2081835; 2009 NSPC 61)

Indexed As: R. v. MacArthur (F.H.)

Nova Scotia Provincial Court

Stroud, P.C.J.

November 2, 2009.

Summary:

The accused pleaded guilty to a charge of impaired driving under s. 253(1) of the Criminal Code. He sought a curative discharge under s. 255(5) of the Code.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Court allowed the application.

Criminal Law - Topic 4434

Procedure - Verdicts - Discharges and dismissals - Discharge conditional upon curative treatment - The Nova Scotia Provincial Court referred to the factors that a court had to consider in granting a curative discharge under s. 255(5) of the Criminal Code - See paragraph 3.

Criminal Law - Topic 4434

Procedure - Verdicts - Discharges and dismissals - Discharge conditional upon curative treatment - In 2009, the accused pleaded guilty to impaired driving - He sought a curative discharge (Criminal Code, s. 255(5)) - The accused presented evidence that he had made attempts to address his alcohol addiction and was a competent, hard working and conscientious probation officer - The Crown opposed the application primarily because of the accused's prior record (i.e., an impaired driving conviction in 1988 and curative discharges for impaired operation of a motor vehicle in 1990 and 2001) - The Nova Scotia Provincial Court granted the curative discharge and placed the accused on probation for 18 months subject to conditions, plus a two year driving prohibition - The court noted that the circumstances in this case were not serious in that there was no motor vehicle accident involved, the evidence indicated that the accused recognized his need for treatment, he was not subject to a driving prohibition at the time of this offence, and while the accused had two prior curative discharges, there was a gap of twelve and eight years between those discharges.

Cases Noticed:

R. v. Storr (R.L.) (1995), 174 A.R. 65; 102 W.A.C. 65 (C.A.), dist. [para. 7].

R. v. Gray (B.H.) (2004), 378 A.R. 179 (Prov. Ct.), dist. [para. 7].

R. v. Beaulieu (1980), 21 A.R. 120; 53 C.C.C.(2d) 342 (N.W.T.S.C.), dist. [para. 7].

R. v. Dupuis (G.) (2003), 174 Man.R.(2d) 221 (Prov. Ct.), dist. [para. 7].

R. v. Ashberry and Mills (1989), 30 O.A.C. 376 (C.A.), dist. [para. 7].

R. v. E.D.B. (2003), 345 A.R. 190 (Prov. Ct.), refd to. [para. 14].

R. v. Wallner (1988), 89 A.R. 282; 44 C.C.C.(3d) 358 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 14].

Statutes Noticed:

Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46, sect. 255(5) [para. 2].

Counsel:

Danielle Bastarache, for the Crown;

Joel Sellers, for the defence.

This application was heard on October 22, 2009, by Stroud, P.C.J., of the Nova Scotia Provincial Court, who filed the following written decision in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, on November 2, 2009.

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    • September 25, 2017
    ...a singular family-crisis triggering event. Mr. MacBeth is in at least as good a position as the successful applicant in R. v. MacArthur, 2009 NSPC 61, who returned to court and got his third curative discharge. Conclusion [84] In my view, an assessment of the Ashberry factors evident in thi......
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    • January 12, 2012
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    • Nova Scotia Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
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    • Canada
    • Nova Scotia Provincial Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
    • December 15, 2015
    ...refd to. [para. 49]. R. v. Earle (1989), 90 N.S.R.(2d) 138; 230 A.P.R. 138 (Co. Ct.), refd to. [para. 49]. R. v. MacArthur (F.H.) (2009), 286 N.S.R.(2d) 90; 909 A.P.R. 90 (Prov. Ct.), refd to. [para. R. v. Lohnes (B.R.) (2007), 251 N.S.R.(2d) 382; 802 A.P.R. 382 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 49].......
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  • R. v. MacBeth, 2017 NSPC 46
    • Canada
    • Provincial Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
    • September 25, 2017
    ...a singular family-crisis triggering event. Mr. MacBeth is in at least as good a position as the successful applicant in R. v. MacArthur, 2009 NSPC 61, who returned to court and got his third curative discharge. Conclusion [84] In my view, an assessment of the Ashberry factors evident in thi......
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    • Canada
    • Nova Scotia Provincial Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
    • January 12, 2012
    ...- Particular offences - Driving uninsured vehicle - [See Criminal Law - Topic 4434 ]. Cases Noticed: R. v. MacArthur (F.H.) (2009), 286 N.S.R.(2d) 90; 909 A.P.R. 90 (Prov. Ct.), refd to. [para. R. v. Pearson (D.) (2010), 288 N.S.R.(2d) 141; 914 A.P.R. 141 (Prov. Ct.), refd to. [para. 12]. R......
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    • Nova Scotia Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
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    ...and one month for failure to comply with a breath demand, concurrent. He further received a ten year driving prohibition. R. v. MacArthur 2009 NSPC 61. The accused was convicted of impaired driving. He had three previous convictions for impaired driving in the past 20 years. He received 18 ......
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    • Canada
    • Nova Scotia Provincial Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
    • December 15, 2015
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