Mr. Morris was convicted of various firearm offences. In July 2018, Ontario Superior Court Justice Shaun Nakatsuru sentenced him to a 12-month jail sentence, reduced from 15 months after consideration of Charter breaches. Among other factors, Justice Nakatsuru took into account Mr. Morris’ background and the impact anti-Black racism had in his life, informed by the reports from leading experts on anti-Black racism in Canada. The Crown appealed the sentence and submitted, among other things, that the sentencing judge erred in his treatment of social context evidence of racism.
Test cases and interventions provide BLAC with an avenue to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism by presenting courts and tribunals in Ontario with broad, divergent perspectives, especially in matters of public interest; enhancing the ability of courts and tribunals to determine the issues before them; and providing courts and tribunals with information on the historical and sociological context and policy considerations that bear on the validity and constitutionality of laws, policies, and practices.