Case # 35613
Réjean Hinse v. Attorney General of Canada (November 10, 2014)
In 1964 the appellant was convicted of robbery and sentenced to imprisonment for 15 years. From that time on the appellant sought recognition that he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice. It was not until 33 years later that Mr. Hinse was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Canada. Following the acquittal the appellant brought an action against the town of Mont Laurier, the Attorney General of Quebec and the Attorney General of Canada. A settlement agreement was reached with the town and the Attorney General of Quebec. Against the Attorney General of Canada the appellant claimed systemic contributory fault and claimed damages of nearly $13 million. The Superior Court allowed the action and ordered the Attorney General of Canada to pay nearly $5.8 million. The court of appeal found the appellant had not established fault on the part of federal authorities but set aside the decision.