[Section 24(1) of the Coroners Act, R.S.Y. 2002, c. 44] requires a “summing up”, and while the length and complexity of a jury charge may be informed by the evidence presented, at a minimum, the charge must be more than a recitation of standard boilerplate language. Where there are two competing theories relating to the cause of death or whether some negligence, error or omission is in issue, the evidence and positions should be summarized and explained to assist the jury in arriving at its verdict and recommendations.
Charlie v. Yukon Territory (Chief Coroner) |
2012 CarswellYukon 107 |
Yukon Territory Supreme Court