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Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

2006

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Re-Thinking Whitbread V. Walley: Liberal Justice And The Judicial Review Of Damages Caps Under Section 7 Of The Charter Of Rights And Freedoms, Jeremy Taylor Apr 2006

Re-Thinking Whitbread V. Walley: Liberal Justice And The Judicial Review Of Damages Caps Under Section 7 Of The Charter Of Rights And Freedoms, Jeremy Taylor

Dalhousie Law Journal

This paper advances a theoretically-driven reconstruction of s.7 Charter doctrine, which currently precludes protection for personal injury damages. Proceeding from a standpoint built on deontological strains of tort theory, the author dissects the reasoning in Whitbread v. Walley, the governing authority on the applicability of s. 7 to legislated damages caps. In three stages, the author argues that in the contemporary context, theoretical and doctrinal support for Whitbread is weak. First, when tort rights are theorized non-instrumentally, rights to personal injury damages fall squarely within the irreducible sphere of personal autonomy now protected by s. 7. Second, recent developments, both …