Specifically, we're interested in inherent jurisdiction over straight summary conviction offences (like s. 4(5) of the CDSA, simple possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana). My instructions included this direction:
Thoughts? I'd hate to have to open a book for this.
"I think the issue boils down to the fact that Superior Courts in Canada have the same inherent jurisdiction as the British Superior Courts did at Confederation - I just need to know the scope of that jurisdiction at Confederation."