Criminal law, Quebec, Quebec Court of Appeal, Rulings, White-collar crimes
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Mayor accused of corruption and fraud must pay for own defence, rules appeal court

The former mayor of a Montreal bedroom community facing corruption-related charges will have to foot her own legal defence bills after the Quebec Court of Appeal held that the municipality did not have to pay for her defence because the alleged acts did not take place while she was performing duties of an elected member.

The precedent-setting ruling sends a clear message to elected municipal councillors who were counting on jurisprudence and the seemingly clear-cut wording of the Quebec Cities and Towns Act to compel municipalities to cover their legal fees when faced with criminal proceedings, according to municipal law experts.

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