Legal issues for teachers and students with background information and teaching resources.
Evidence and Forensics
Teaching Resources – Following the Case
How can we analyse the case on the basis of the evidence presented in court and recounted in the media? Only those in the courtroom will be able to determine whether the evidence is valid, whether it has been properly gathered, identified, analysed and preserved. Most of us will have to depend on the judge and jurors to make that assessment. We will have to rely on media reports and eventually court reports. Until then we need to listen to broadcast and read newspaper reports in order to process as much of the detail as possible to come to our own decisions in the case. In an editorial passage found on the Sun’s website on the case at http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/features/pickton/index.html Patricia Graham the Sun’s Editor-In Chief writes a letter describing the strategy that the newspaper will take when reporting on the case.
Students might be asked to follow the reporting for a week or two – usually found in the “Westcoast News” section of The Sun and on-line at the above address to determine how the newspaper is delivering on this commitment. The following questions might be raised in class to get students thinking about the justice system and how it serves Canadians.