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Lucier v. the Queen

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In Lucier v. The Queen, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously held that a declaration against penal interest is inadmissible when that declaration is inculpatory of the accused. Although correct, the decision cannot be sup-ported on the basis of the Court's reasoning. The Court failed to discharge its duty to give good reasons for its decisions, a duty of particular importance fora court of final appeal. This comment explores the reasoning that the Supreme Court could have provided in Lucier, and uses the case to illustrate a more widespread shortcoming in the Court's approach to its appellate functions.

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