Media Advisory: Pivot Legal Society back in court challenging mandatory minimum sentences

Vancouver, B.C. [February 1]— Pivot Legal Society is intervening in two cases challenging mandatory minimum sentences being heard at the BC Court of Appeal.

The Court will hear R v Dickey and R v Trasolini, both drug trafficking cases that involve the application of mandatory minimum jail sentences, in a two-day trial beginning today.

Pivot has intervened on several challenges to mandatory minimum sentencing provisions, including R v Lloyd, heard by the Supreme Court of Canada earlier this month. Pivot also intervened in the Supreme Court of Canada cases R v Nur and R v Charles, which struck down mandatory minimum sentences in 2015 as they applied to firearms offences. 

Pivot’s submission is available here.

 
Who:               Adrienne Smith, Health and Drug Policy campaigner, Pivot Legal Society
What:             Intervention in mandatory minimum sentences challenge
Where:           BC Court of Appeal
                        800 Smithe St., Vancouver, B.C. (Google Map)
When:             Monday, February 1 at 10:00am
 
Note: Adrienne Smith will be available for comment before court and during breaks.
 
For additional information, please contact:
Kevin Hollett, Communications Director: 778-848-3420, kevin@pivotlegal.org
 
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About Pivot Legal Society
Pivot Legal Society is a leading Canadian human rights organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion in Canada. Pivot’s award winning work includes challenging laws and policies that force people to the margins of society and keep them there. Since 2002 Pivot has won major victories for sex workers’ rights, police accountability, affordable housing, and health and drug policy.