Ashley Smith was a 19 year old who died in custody at Grand Valley Federal Institution in Kitchener, Ontario. The conditions of Ashley’s detention were deplorable and dehumanizing. Lawyers Julian Falconer, Julian Roy, and Meaghan Daniel of Falconers LLP represented the Smith Family at the Inquest into Ashley’s death.

On December 19, 2013, the jury at the Inquest returned a verdict of homicide, along with 104 recommendations.

Related Documents

Jury’s Verdict. December 19, 2013
Press Advisory. December 19, 2013
Letter from Smith Family to RCMP, requesting investigation. October 15, 2010

Inquest-Coroner’s Court

Family’s letter protesting the actions of Commissioner Head
Anticipated Evidence of Don Head
Minister questioned on why Inquest being obstructed. October 25, 2012
CSC’s Notice of Abandonment. October 26, 2012
Judicial Review Decision. Oct 24, 2012
Ruling on Sealing Order and Submissions. October 23, 2012
Notice of Application – Challenge the Scope. September 27, 2012
Notice of Application & supporting Affidavit – Adjourn Oct 4 12 motions date. September 27, 2012
Divisional Court’s Judgment. May 19, 2011
CSC Submissions. May 16, 2011
Justice Lederer’s Decision. April 27, 2011
Factum of the Smith Family and PACY. April 15, 2011
Motion to Quash of CSC. April 13, 2011
Summons to Witness. April 7, 2011
Notice of Application to appeal Coroner’s Ruling. Issued March 31, 2011
Coroner’s Ruling on Joliette videos. Mach 28, 2011
Smith Family Factum. March 3, 2011
Affidavit of Kim Pate- CAEFS. February 28, 2011
Coroner rules to expand scope of Inquest
Smith Family’s written submissions on Motion to Expand the Scope of the Inquest (October 15, 2010)
Smith Family’s Notice of Motion to Expand the Scope of the Inquest (May 19, 2010)

Related Reports

Report of Dr. Beaudry concerning forced injections at Joliette
A Preventable Death: Correctional Investigator of Canada
Office of Correctional Investigator- Initial Assessment
Office of Correctional Investigator- Second Assessment
Office of Correctional Investigator- Third Assessment
Office of Correctional Investigator- Final Assessment
Ombudsman’s Report- The Ashley Smith Report

In the News

Time for police to look at Ashley Smith case again   Toronto Sun, December 20, 2013
Coroner’s jury deems Ashley Smith’s cell death a homicide   CTV News, December 19, 2013
Warden knew little about Ashley Smith before arrival at prison in Ontario   CTV News, September 30, 2013
Time may have healed Ashley Smith, forensic psychiatrist testifies   Ottawa Citizen, May 2, 2013
‘Fresh-faced’ Ashley Smith choked herself because it ‘felt good,’ inquest told   The Globe and Mail, April 15, 2013
Warden explains to Ashley Smith inquest workings of women’s prisons   CTV News, January 15, 2013
Lawyer hopes 2nd inquiry into Ashley Smith death finally answers some questions   CTV News, January 14, 2013
Toews Clarifies Comments on Ashley Smith Case   Toronto Sun, November 7, 2012
Vic Toews denounced over Ashley Smith comments   The Globe and Mail, November 6, 2012
Videos show ‘dehumanizing’ treatment of teen Ashley Smith   CBC, October 31, 2012
Troubling videos show Ashley Smith tranquilized against her will   CTV News, October 31, 2012
Videos in Ashley Smith case will not be blocked   Toronto Star, October 25, 2012
Smith family’s lawyer protests coroner switch   The Montreal Gazette, July 22, 2011
Why so secretive? Ashley Smith inquest becoming a bad joke   the Globe and Mail, May 27, 2011
To Ashley Smith As Promised   Mississauga Watch, May 16, 2010

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