Retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Peter deCarteret Cory is being remembered for his bravery, hard work and a penchant for volunteering for tough assignments while carrying the ball for the Supreme Court in some of its most controversial and challenging cases.
Some of those include recognizing a novel form of disturbance damages for individual landowners hurt by the actions of powerful expropriating authorities (TATOA v. Dell); relieving the plight of “unsophisticated and vulnerable” mortgage guarantors (Manulife Bank v. Conlin); and expanding the availability of constructive trust and the doctrine of unjust enrichment to recognize the value of wives’ and common law spouses’ unpaid domestic labour (Rawluk and Peter v. Beblow).
Justice Cory strived to make his judgments intelligible to non-lawyers in the belief the justice system belongs to all Canadians. Many of his judgments remain governing precedents and likely will remain so for years to come.
Justice Cory’s judicial legacy extends far beyond high-profile cases and he continues to influence lawyers who crossed his path over the years. Eugene Meehan, Q.C. reveals some candid reflections about his solicitude in this Lawyer’s Daily article.