R. v. Morgan, (1983) 51 A.R. 201 (QB)

JudgeMcFadyen, J.
CourtCourt of Queen's Bench of Alberta (Canada)
Case DateNovember 23, 1983
Citations(1983), 51 A.R. 201 (QB)

R. v. Morgan (1983), 51 A.R. 201 (QB)

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R. v. Morgan

(No. 8301-A-0087)

Indexed As: R. v. Morgan

Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Judicial District of Calgary

McFadyen, J.

November 23, 1983.

Summary:

The accused was acquitted of driving a motor vehicle while having an excessive blood-alcohol content, contrary to s. 236 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The trial judge admitted the certificate of analysis into evidence without objection by the accused, but subsequently ruled it inadmissible when the accused objected to its admission during the presentation of the defence. The Crown appealed.

The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial, because the certificate of analysis should not have been excluded from evidence after it was admitted into evidence without objection.

Criminal Law - Topic 1374

Motor vehicles - Impaired driving - Breathalyzer - Certificate evidence - Admission of - A certificate of analysis was admitted into evidence without objection by the accused - The accused later objected to its admission - The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench held that the objection had to be made at the time the certificate was tendered into evidence and that the failure to do so precluded a later objection unless a substantial miscarriage of justice resulted - See paragraphs 11 to 37.

Criminal Law - Topic 1374

Motor vehicles - Impaired driving - Breathalyzer - Certificate evidence - Admission of - The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench held that unless an accused consented to the admission of a certificate of analysis, it should be admitted only after the holding of a voir dire - See paragraph 33.

Evidence - Topic 507

Presentation of evidence - Failure to object - Effect of - A certificate of analysis of breath sample was admitted into evidence without objection by the accused - The accused later objected to its admission - The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench held that the objection had to be made at the time the certificate was tendered into evidence and that the failure to do so precluded a later objection unless a substantial miscarriage of justice resulted - See paragraphs 11 to 37.

Cases Noticed:

R. v. Marcil (1976), 31 C.C.C.(2d) 172 (Sask. C.A.), folld. [para. 12].

Medjedovitch v. The Queen (1980), 8 M.V.R. 304, refd to. [para. 14].

R. v. Braithwaite (1972), 6 C.C.C.(2d) 257, dist. [para. 17].

R. v. Lewis (1972), 6 C.C.C.(2d) 516, refd to. [para. 19].

R. v. Tunke (1975), 25 C.C.C.(2d) 518, refd to. [para. 21].

R. v. Martel (1980), 23 A.R. 361, refd to. [para. 24].

R. v. Oakley (1980), 6 M.V.R. 158, refd to. [para. 25].

Stirland v. Director of Public Prosecutions, [1944] S.C. 315, refd to. [para. 28].

R. v. Conkie (1978), 9 A.R. 115; 39 C.C.C.(2d) 408, refd to. [para. 29].

R. v. Bowles (1974), 16 C.C.C.(2d) 425 (Ont. C.A.), refd to. [para. 30].

R. v. Nichols (1978), 9 A.R. 203; 6 Alta. L.R.(2d) 14 (Alta. C.A.), consd. [para. 31].

R. v. Funk (1980), 18 A.R. 266; 6 Alta. L.R.(2d) 138, consd. [para. 31].

R. v. Banks, [1972] 1 W.L.R. 346, consd. [para. 31].

Kissick et al. v. The King (1952), 102 C.C.C., refd to. [para. 32].

R. v. Hruby (1980), 19 A.R. 230, appld. [para. 33].

R. v. Stride, [1975] 4 W.W.R. 497, dist. [para. 36].

R. v. Moreau (1978), 23 N.R. 541; 42 C.C.C.(2d) 525, folld. [para. 36].

R. v. Crosthwait (1980), 31 N.R. 603; 52 C.C.C.(2d) 129, folld. [para. 36].

R. v. Reeves (1978), 9 A.R. 149; 6 Alta. L.R.(2d) 90, folld. [para. 36].

R. v. Bergstrom (1982), 14 M.V.R. 131, refd to. [para. 38].

Statutes Noticed:

Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C. 1970, c. C-34, sect. 237(5) [para. 3].

Counsel:

J.C. Darling, for the appellant;

T.C. Semenuk, for the respondent.

This appeal was heard before McFadyen, J., of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Judicial District of Calgary, who delivered the following judgment on November 23, 1983:

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