Canada v Samejima

Canada v Samejima

In Re Immigration Act and Munetaka Samejima, [1931] 44 BCR 317
See In re Munetaka Samejima (1931) 3 WWR 56-59. Samejima arrived in Canada on September 29, 1928, from Yokohama; on April 29, 1931, he was ordered deported on the grounds that he was “in Canada contrary to the provisions of the Immigration Act,” specifically section 33, subsection 7. (318) He applied to be discharged from custody, his lawyer, C.H. O’Halloran, declaring that the order was not “given under the authority and in accordance with the provisions” of the Immigration Act (318); the reasons for the deportation were not clearly stated in the order. Justice Fisher agreed, determined that the order for deportation was defective, and permitted the applicant’s discharge from custody. J.L. Clay represented the Crown.
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Canada v Samejima


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Source: British Columbia Supreme Court. British Columbia Reports. 1931.


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