The trial of Robert Willie Pickton has been dominating the news for some months and there is enough information now available in the case to begin to form some opinions about the judicial process, the nature of the offenses that the accused has been charged with, and the way the evidence is being presented and challenged in court.
In this Backgrounder, we introduce some of the legal questions that the court must hear and resolve. It is a formidable task. It will take a lot of time, money and court resources to accomplish it. Keeping oneself informed of the process is key to understanding the outcome and feeling that justice has been served.
The Lesson Idea offers a number of questions that students may consider as they follow the progress of the trial. On-line commentary on the trial is plentiful, students should be careful in choosing who will influence their opinions on the case.