List of Supreme Court of Canada cases (Richards Court through Fauteux Court)

This is a chronological list of notable cases decided by the Supreme Court of Canada from the formation of the Court in 1875 to the retirement of Gérald Fauteux in 1973.

Note that the Privy Council heard appeals for criminal cases until 1933 and for civil cases until 1949. Also between 1888 and 1926, no criminal appeals were allowed to the Privy Council.

1875–99Edit

Case name Citation Date Subject
April 8, 1875 – Act of Parliament creates the Supreme Court of Canada
Kelly v Sulivan (1876) First case heard by Supreme Court of Canada

1900 – 1949Edit

Case name Citation Date Subject
Quong Wing v R (1914), 49 SCR 44 Constitutionality of provincial statute regulating "Chinamen"
Bedard v Dawson [1923] SCR 681 June 15, 1923 Federalism and criminal law
R v Eastern Terminal Elevator Co [1925] Trade and Commerce power.
Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District v Maunsell [1926] SCR 603 Appellant held responsible for flood damage due to underground seepage into non-adjacent property
Edwards v Canada (AG) [1928] SCR 276 "Persons Case"
1933 – Statute of Westminster, no more criminal appeals to Privy Council
Reference Re Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act [1934] SCR 659
Reference Re Alberta Statutes [1938] SCR 100
Reference Re Eskimos [1939] SCR 104 Constitutional status of Inuit
Christie v York (1939), [1940] SCR 139 racial discrimination
Home Oil Distributors Ltd v British Columbia (AG) [1940] SCR 444
Provincial Secretary of Prince Edward Island v Egan [1941] SCR 396 division of powers
Reference Re Persons of Japanese Race [1946] SCR 248 constitutionality of Japanese deportation order
Margarine Reference [1949] SCR 1 Defining criminal law under the constitution
1949 – no more civil appeals to the Privy Council[why?]

1950 – 1959Edit

Case name Citation Date Subject
Frey v Fedoruk [1950] SCR 517 Breach of the peace, peeping toms
Noble v Alley [1951] SCR 64 December 18, 1950
R v Boucher [1951] SCR 265 Seditious libel
Johannesson v West St Paul (Rural Municipality of) [1952] 1 SCR 292
Azoulay v R [1952] 2 SCR 495 Abortion
Saumur v Quebec (City of) [1953] 2 SCR 299
Henry Birks & Sons (Montreal) Ltd v Montreal (City of) [1955] SCR 799
Reference Re Farm Products Marketing Act (Ontario) [1957] SCR 198
Switzman v Elbling [1957] SCR 285 constitutional division of powers
Beaver v R [1957] SCR 531 June 26, 1957 subjective mens rea required for possession
Priestman v Colangelo [1959] SCR 615 Duty of Care in public service conduct.
Roncarelli v Duplessis [1959] SCR 121 constitution, arbitrary action by government.

1960 – 1969Edit

Case name Citation Date Subject
August 10, 1960 – Canadian Bill of Rights was enacted.
O'Grady v Sparling [1960] SCR 804
R v George [1960] SCR 871 intoxication defence
McKay v R [1965] SCR 798 Election law
Munro v National Capital Commission [1966] SCR 663 powers of the NCC to expropriate and use land
Peso Silver Mines Ltd v Cropper [1966] SCR 673 June 20, 1966 director fiduciary duties
Carnation Co v Quebec (Agricultural Marketing Board) [1968] SCR 238 overlap of provincial law with federal commerce laws
R v Whitfield (1969), [1970] SCR 46 Definition of arrest
Walter v Alberta (AG) [1969] SCR 383 division of powers; law excluding hutterites.

1970–73Edit

Case name Citation Date Subject
R v Drybones [1970] SCR 282 November 20, 1969 Canadian Bill of Rights
Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Co v Ford Motor Co of Canada Ltd [1970] SCR 833 April 28, 1970 Patents
R v Wray [1971] SCR 272 June 26, 1970 pre-Charter right to silence
Caloil Inc v Canada (AG) [1971] SCR 543 November 24, 1970 Trade and Commerce power, Constitution Act, 1867
Manitoba (AG) v Manitoba Egg and Poultry Association [1971] SCR 689 June 28, 1971 Trade and Commerce power, Constitution Act, 1867
Horsley v MacLaren (The Ogopogo) [1972] SCR 441 October 5, 1971 civil duty to rescue
Duke v R [1972] SCR 917 June 29, 1972 fundamental justice
Tennessee Eastman Co v Canada (Commissioner of Patents) [1974] SCR 111 December 22, 1972 Patents
Calder v British Columbia (AG) [1973] SCR 313 January 31, 1973 Aboriginal land title
Canadian Aero Service Ltd v O'Malley [1974] SCR 592 June 29, 1973 Fiduciary duty owed by corporate officers

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