Criminal Law: Sexual Assault

R. v. Cortes Rivera2020 SCC 44 (39084) 

The Court: “We would dismiss the appeal. The parties did not dispute that the trial judge erred in dismissing the accused’s application under s. 276.1  of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46 , to cross‑examine the complainant. In our view, this error did not lead to a miscarriage of justice and falls within the curative proviso under s. 686(1) (b) because the evidence was otherwise overwhelming and a conviction was inevitable. We do not endorse Slatter J.A.’s application of s. 683(1). Neither party sought this remedy before the Court of Appeal, and in this Court, both parties as well as the intervener urged us to reject his approach.”