Jean-Louis Savard v. Her Majesty the Queen

(Quebec) (Criminal) (As of Right)


Criminal law.


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Criminal law - Appeals - Unreasonable verdict - Credibility of witnesses - Whether majority of Quebec Court of Appeal erred in law in finding that trial judge had not erred in law in analyzing credibility of accused and other witnesses heard for defence.

Mr. Savard was convicted of four counts of indecent assault on a male, one count of indecent assault on a female and one count of gross indecency for acts committed against his nephews and his niece in the 1960s. He appealed the convictions, alleging that the trial judge had handed down an unreasonable verdict and made several other errors. The majority of the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal. Chamberland J.A., dissenting, would have allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial. In his view, the trial judge had erred in analyzing the credibility of Mr. Savard and the other defence witnesses.