Bedford Sex Worker Case to Proceed to SCC

The Supreme Court of Canada granted leave for appeal for the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Bedford v. Canada. The Court also granted that the appellate decision be stayed until judgement is rendered, meaning the Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution challenged in this case will still be valid, even if not routinely or uniformly enforced by the police.

The Bedford case may be heard in conjunction with, or set a legal backdrop, to a similar case in B.C. in (Attorney General) v. Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence SocietyThe differences between the cases have been outlined here by Karin Galldin & Leslie Robertson, which primarily consist of whether the activity can be conducted indoors or in the streets.

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