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Unit 2: Criminal Law



Activity: Write a Case Analysis of an Impaired Driving Case

Impaired driving has become the main criminal cause of death in Canada. In the year 2000, most Criminal Code traffic incidents were related to the offence of impaired driving.

In this activity, you will write a case analysis of a situation involving impaired driving.

  1. Visit the Web site of the Canadian Legal Information Institute. Prepare a case analysis of the R. v. Squires case using the following case-analysis organizer. Click here to download the organizer.
What You Need to Do
Your Answer
Name of Case
Give the complete case name, indicating all parties. Make sure the appropriate format is used, depending on whether the case is civil or criminal.  
Name of Court
Refer to the name and particular level of court where the case is heard.  
This is the legal case reference from the law-reporting series or an online site. Use this citation when first referring to the case.  
Summary of key facts
Summarize the key facts and events of the case in one to two paragraphs. Make sure all the information you include is legally relevant.  
Applicable laws
Refer to the legislation that was at issue, for example, section 235 of the Criminal Code or section 11(d) of the Charter.  

Identify the issues to be decided by the court. Write these issues as questions. For example,

- Was the search unreasonable and therefore a violation of section 8 of the Charter?
- Did provocation occur, and, if so, should the charge be reduced from murder to manslaughter?

Case decision or judgment
Identify the decision of the court, for example, the appeal was allowed, a new trial was ordered, the accused was found guilty of the crime, and so on.  
Reason for the decision or judgment
State the rationale for the judgment by summarizing the factors considered by the judge.  








  1. For extended research of more recent cases involving impaired driving, visit the Canadian Legal Information Institute. Select one of the courts from your jurisdiction, and conduct a search of the cases by searching for "impaired driving" as a phrase. Select a recent case (dates are indicated in the list of cases) and prepare an additional case analysis on an impaired-driving case using the organizer provided.