R. c. Blackburn-Laroche

The police failed to make the necessary efforts to reach the lawyers chosen by the respondent, thereby depriving him of a reasonable opportunity to contact counsel of his choice; the respondent’s agreement to call a legal aid lawyer without having been informed that he could wait a reasonable amount of time for his lawyers to respond does not alter the fact that his right to retain and instruct counsel of his choice was infringed, and the prosecution’s appeal is dismissed.

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R. c. Blackburn-Laroche