Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Sunday, February 15, 2015

SUPREME COURT OF CANADA STRIKES DOWN A PORTION OF AML/CFT LAW REGARDING LAWYERS


The Supreme Court of Canada has declared that a portion of Canada's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing legislation is unconstitutional as to attorneys, because it violates solicitor-client privilege. The Court held that the requirements that barristers and solicitors collect and retain information about their clients' payments for legal services, including who pays for them, and the provision authorizing FinTRAC to search lawyers' premises without a warrant, violate fundamental principle of justice.

Any readers who wish to review the complete text of the decision, can access it here*.
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*Canada v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada, Docket 35399

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