Court of Appeal in British Columbia rules that anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing laws applied to lawyers infringe fundamental freedom

By Christine Duhaime | April 4th, 2013

Anti-Money Laundering Laws Infringe Independence of Bar

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia ruled today that the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, as it applies to lawyers in that province, interferes to an unacceptable degree with the independence of the Bar as a principle of fundamental justice, and as a consequence, held that the legislation does not apply to lawyers. The decision can be read here.

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