Editor’s note: This entire decision deal with the question of whether fish seized pursuant to the Criminal Code should be detained for a period in excess of 90 days. However, it is arguable that the Criminal Code is not applicable to either the seizure of fish or for orders for continued detention. In this regards see R.v. Ulybel Enterprises Ltd., …Full Summary
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R v. Peter Paul, 2001 NSPC 1
This was an aboriginal rights case where a vessel was seized as a result of a charge under the Fisheries Act. The issue was whether or not the Crown must bring an application under section 71(4) of the Fisheries Act for continued detention of a seized fishing boat within 90 days of the seizure. Upon reviewing sections 50, 52, 71, …Full Summary
R v. McDonald, 2002 NSCA 135
This case involved an application under s. 71(4) of the Fisheries Act on behalf of a number of First Nations fishermen to have seized gear returned pending trial on charges of illegal fishing. At issue was whether or not the Crown had to make application under s. 71(4) of the Act if they wished to retain seized gear for more …Full Summary