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Appeal dismissal in Rob Ford conflict case not surprising

As the Supreme Court of Canada continues to narrow the pool of cases it hears, it’s not surprising to see the top court reject an appeal application in a conflict of interest challenge faced by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks says on SunNews.

“The Supreme Court of Canada has tightened up the avenues of access to the court recently so they can pick and choose the cases they want,” Hicks, partner with Hicks Adams LLP, says on the broadcast.

“They’re looking for matters of national importance or unsettled matters of law. They’re no longer a court of last resort, they’re a court that makes policy. They’re not there to correct errors in the courts below anymore. They’re there to settle major legal issues.”

As is customary, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for dismissing the appeal.

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