R. v. Nightingale (D.), 2003 ABQB 1054

JudgeWatson, J.
CourtCourt of Queen's Bench of Alberta (Canada)
Case DateNovember 18, 2003
Citations2003 ABQB 1054;(2003), 352 A.R. 50 (QB)

R. v. Nightingale (D.) (2003), 352 A.R. 50 (QB)

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Temp. Cite: [2004] A.R. TBEd. JA.029

Her Majesty the Queen v. Dustin Nightingale and Jonah Jae Smith (accused)

(0203 54189 Q1; 2003 ABQB 1054)

Indexed As: R. v. Nightingale (D.) et al.

Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Judicial District of Edmonton

Watson, J.

December 22, 2003.

Summary:

Prior to the end of their preliminary inquiry, two accused applied for disclosure orders. The Crown and various third parties raised Charter issues. The accused brought the motion to the Queen's Bench because they were of the opinion that the preliminary inquiry judge lacked jurisdiction to grant Charter relief. Before the hearing of that motion, the preliminary inquiry judge ordered the accused to stand trial. The accused filed an amended notice of motion which was in the nature of an application for certiorari to quash the order to stand trial and the order to terminate the preliminary inquiry and to have the preliminary inquiry resumed for the purpose of cross-examining witnesses using information contained in the documents to be produced.

The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench dismissed the motion.

Criminal Law - Topic 3530

Preliminary inquiry - Jurisdiction - Loss of jurisdiction - During their preliminary inquiry, two accused brought a motion in the Queen's Bench for disclosure orders - Before the motion was heard, the preliminary inquiry judge ordered the accused to stand trial - The accused filed an amended notice of motion which was in the nature of an application for certiorari to quash the orders to stand trial and terminate the preliminary inquiry and to have the preliminary inquiry resumed for the purpose of cross-examining witnesses using information contained in the documents to be produced - The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench dismissed the application - A preliminary inquiry judge was not required to hear every single witness that the parties sought to call - However, jurisdiction could be lost if the judge, in the exercise of any discretion under s. 537 of the Criminal Code, denied the accused full answer and defence and natural justice - Here, the object of returning to the preliminary inquiry was forensic and unrelated to obtaining full answer and defence - Fundamental justice was not denied.

Criminal Law - Topic 3578

Preliminary inquiry - Evidence - Evidence required to be presented - [See Criminal Law - Topic 3530 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 3708

Preliminary inquiry - Procedure - Requirement of giving accused the opportunity to call evidence - [See Criminal Law - Topic 3530 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 3719

Preliminary inquiry - Procedure - Re-opening of inquiry to hear additional evidence -[See Criminal Law - Topic 3530 ].

Cases Noticed:

R. v. O'Connor (H.P.), [1995] 4 S.C.R. 411; 191 N.R. 1; 68 B.C.A.C. 1; 112 W.A.C. 1; [1996] 2 W.W.R. 153; 130 D.L.R.(4th) 235; 103 C.C.C.(3d) 1; 44 C.R.(4th) 1; 29 W.C.B.(2d) 152; 33 C.R.R.(2d) 1; 1995 CarswellBC 1098, refd to. [para. 4, footnote 1].

R. v. Hynes (D.W.), [2001] 3 S.C.R. 623; 278 N.R. 299; 208 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 181; 624 A.P.R. 181; 159 C.C.C.(3d) 359; 206 D.L.R.(4th) 483; 47 C.R.(5th) 278; 88 C.R.R.(2d) 222; 2001 CarswellNfld 316, refd to. [para. 4, footnote 1].

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; 33 C.R.R. 275; 1987 CarswellNS 38, refd to. [para. 5, footnote 2].

Doucet-Boudreau et al. v. Nova Scotia (Minister of Education) (2003), 312 N.R. 1; 218 N.S.R.(2d) 311; 687 A.P.R. 311; 2003 CarswellNS 375; 2003 SCC 62, refd to. [para. 5, footnote 2].

R. v. Song (D.) (2001), 296 A.R. 132; 2001 CarswellAlta 997; 2001 ABQB 689, refd to. [para. 5, footnote 3].

R. v. Litchfield, [1993] 4 S.C.R. 333; 161 N.R. 161; 145 A.R. 321; 55 W.A.C. 321; 25 C.R.(4th) 137; 86 C.C.C.(3d) 97; 14 Alta. L.R.(3d) 1; 1993 CarswellAlta 160, refd to. [para. 11, footnote 4].

Cohen and Quebec (Attorney General), Re, [1979] 2 S.C.R. 305; 27 N.R. 344; 13 C.R.(3d) 36; 97 D.L.R.(3d) 193; 1979 CarswellQue 21, refd to. [para. 14, footnote 5].

R. v. Dubois, [1986] 1 S.C.R. 366; 66 N.R. 289; 41 Man.R.(2d) 1; 25 C.C.C.(3d) 221; 18 Admin. L.R. 146; 26 D.L.R.(4th) 481; 51 C.R.(3d) 193; [1986] 3 W.W.R. 577; 1986 CarswellMan 310, refd to. [para. 14, footnote 5].

Rizzo and Rizzo Shoes Ltd. (Bankrupt), Re, [1998] 1 S.C.R. 27; 221 N.R. 241; 106 O.A.C. 1; 154 D.L.R.(4th) 193; 50 C.B.R.(3d) 163; 33 C.C.E.L.(2d) 173; 98 C.L.L.C. 210-006; 1998 CarswellOnt 1, refd to. [para. 20, footnote 8].

R. v. Lena (M.A.) (2001), 157 B.C.A.C. 240; 256 W.A.C. 240; 158 C.C.C.(3d) 415; 2001 BCCA 549, refd to. [para. 21, footnote 9].

R. v. Ward (1976), 31 C.C.C.(2d) 466; 35 C.R.N.S. 117; 1976 CarswellOnt 16 (H.C.), affd. (1977), 31 C.C.C.(2d) 466n (Ont. C.A.), refd to. [para. 21, footnote 10].

R. v. Arcuri (G.), [2001] 2 S.C.R. 828; 274 N.R. 274; 150 O.A.C. 126; 157 C.C.C.(3d) 241; 44 C.R.(5th) 213; 203 D.L.R.(4th) 20; 2001 CarswellOnt 3083; 2001 SCC 54, refd to. [para. 25, footnote 13].

R. v. Skogman, [1984] 2 S.C.R. 93; 54 N.R. 34; 13 C.C.C.(3d) 161; 41 C.R.(3d) 1; [1984] 5 W.W.R. 52; 9 Admin. L.R. 153; 11 D.L.R.(4th) 161; 1984 CarswellBC 822, refd to. [para. 29, footnote 14].

R. v. Forsythe, [1980] 2 S.C.R. 268; 32 N.R. 520; 112 D.L.R.(3d) 385; 53 C.C.C.(2d) 225; 15 C.R.(3d) 280; 19 C.R.(3d) 261; 1980 CarswellOnt 37, refd to. [para. 31, footnote 15].

R. v. Batchelor, [1978] 2 S.C.R. 988; 18 N.R. 416; 38 C.C.C.(2d) 113; 81 D.L.R.(3d) 241; 1977 CarswellOnt 492, refd to. [para. 34, footnote 16].

Statutes Noticed:

Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46, sect. 537(1) [para. 16]; sect. 540(1)(a) [para. 17]; sect. 541(1), sect. 545(5) [para. 18].

Authors and Works Noticed:

Driedger, Elmer A., Construction of Statutes (2nd Ed. 1983), p. 87 [para. 20, footnote 8].

Counsel:

Susan Phillippe (Alberta Justice), for the Crown;

Rod J.A. Gregory (Davidson Gregory Danyluik), for the accused, Smith;

Thomas M. Engel (Engel Law Office), for the accused, Nightingale;

Katrina M. Haymond (Field LLP), for Chief Bob Wasylyshen, Edmonton Police Service and Constable Jared Buhler.

Watson, J., of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Judicial District of Edmonton, heard this motion on November 18, 2003, and delivered the following reasons for judgment on December 22, 2003.

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