Notable Cases

John Norris represents clients charged with serious criminal offences including murder, terrorism, sexual assault and drug offences. He has developed a specific expertise in international aspects of criminal law including extradition, international prisoner transfers and mutual legal assistance. John has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada close to twenty times. He appears regularly in Federal Court on national security matters, and often argues appeals in criminal matters before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He also appears regularly in criminal trial courts.

The following is a representative sample of John’s work.

Amicus curiae in A.G. Canada v. Alizadeh et al. (Federal Court)

Proceedings under section 38 of the Canada Evidence Act concerning national security privilege claims.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration et al. v. Mahmoud Jaballah (Federal Court)

National security certificate proceedings under Immigration and Refugee Protection Act based on allegations of terrorist activities; previously acted as counsel; currently acting as Special Advocate.

Omar Khadr v. Minister of Public Safety (Federal Court)

Counsel for Omar Khadr, a Canadian held on war crimes in the U.S. military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on his transfer to Canada pursuant to the International Transfer of Offenders Act.

Sriskandarajah v. United States of America, 2012 SCC 70

Extradition request on terrorism charges; constitutional challenge to anti-terrorism provisions of the Criminal Code. | Link to judgment

R. v. Ahmad, 2011 SCC 6

Constitutional challenge to section 38 of the Canada Evidence Act arising out of “Toronto 18” anti-terrorism prosecution. | Link to judgment

Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. v. Canada, 2010 SCC 21

Constitutional challenge to Criminal Code publication ban over bail proceedings. | Link to judgment

R. v. National Post, 2010 SCC 16

Constitutional challenge to use of general warrant and assistance order against Editor-in-Chief of newspaper to identify a journalist’s confidential source. | Link to judgment

Canada (Prime Minister) v. Khadr, 2010 SCC 3

Counsel for interveners Human Rights Watch, University of Toronto Faculty of Law International Human Rights Program, and David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights in appeal concerning government’s refusal to request repatriation of Canadian detainee in Guantanamo Bay detention camp. | Link to judgment

Khadr v. Canada (Attorney General), 2008 SCC 28

Counsel for intervener Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario) in appeal concerning disclosure rights of Canadian detainee in Guantanamo Bay detention camp. | Link to judgment

Lake v. Canada (Minister of Justice), 2008 SCC 23

Leading case on standard of review of surrender orders under Extradition Act. | Link to judgment

Charkaoui v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2007 SCC 9

Constitutional challenge to national security certificate provisions of Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. | Link to judgment

R. v. Hall, 2002 SCC 64

Constitutional challenge to bail provisions of the Criminal Code. | Link to judgment

John Norris represents clients charged with serious criminal offences including murder, terrorism, sexual assault and drug offences. He has developed a specific expertise in international aspects of criminal law including extradition, international prisoner transfers and mutual legal assistance. John has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada close to twenty times. He appears regularly in Federal Court on national security matters, and often argues appeals in criminal matters before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He also appears regularly in criminal trial courts.

The following is a representative sample of John’s work.

Amicus curiae in A.G. Canada v. Alizadeh et al. (Federal Court)

Proceedings under section 38 of the Canada Evidence Act concerning national security privilege claims.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration et al. v. Mahmoud Jaballah (Federal Court)

National security certificate proceedings under Immigration and Refugee Protection Act based on allegations of terrorist activities; previously acted as counsel; currently acting as Special Advocate.

Omar Khadr v. Minister of Public Safety (Federal Court)

Counsel for Omar Khadr, a Canadian held on war crimes in the U.S. military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on his transfer to Canada pursuant to the International Transfer of Offenders Act.

Sriskandarajah v. United States of America, 2012 SCC 70

Extradition request on terrorism charges; constitutional challenge to anti-terrorism provisions of the Criminal Code. | Link to judgment

R. v. Ahmad, 2011 SCC 6

Constitutional challenge to section 38 of the Canada Evidence Act arising out of “Toronto 18” anti-terrorism prosecution. | Link to judgment

Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. v. Canada, 2010 SCC 21

Constitutional challenge to Criminal Code publication ban over bail proceedings. | Link to judgment

R. v. National Post, 2010 SCC 16

Constitutional challenge to use of general warrant and assistance order against Editor-in-Chief of newspaper to identify a journalist’s confidential source. | Link to judgment

Canada (Prime Minister) v. Khadr, 2010 SCC 3

Counsel for interveners Human Rights Watch, University of Toronto Faculty of Law International Human Rights Program, and David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights in appeal concerning government’s refusal to request repatriation of Canadian detainee in Guantanamo Bay detention camp. | Link to judgment

Khadr v. Canada (Attorney General), 2008 SCC 28

Counsel for intervener Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario) in appeal concerning disclosure rights of Canadian detainee in Guantanamo Bay detention camp. | Link to judgment

Lake v. Canada (Minister of Justice), 2008 SCC 23

Leading case on standard of review of surrender orders under Extradition Act. | Link to judgment

Charkaoui v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2007 SCC 9

Constitutional challenge to national security certificate provisions of Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. | Link to judgment

R. v. Hall, 2002 SCC 64

Constitutional challenge to bail provisions of the Criminal Code. | Link to judgment