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Landing the big one

For many students, working a Supreme Court case is the ultimate experience. Lidiya Yermakova was an articling student at Lerners LLP in Toronto this past spring when she was asked to work on R. v. Summers, in which the SCC was called on to interpret the Truth in Sentencing Act and determine factors a sentencing judge is entitled to look at when considering the amount of credit available to an offender for time spent in pre-sentence custody. Lerners was acting for the intervener, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and argued “circumstances” ought to be interpreted broadly, and in a way that accorded with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — particularly the right to be presumed innocent and the fundamental principles of parity and proportionality in sentencing.

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