Koskie Minsky LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP have commenced a class action against the Attorney General of Canada alleging systemic infliction of prolonged administrative solitary confinement upon prisoners incarcerated in federal correctional institutions. In prolonged administrative solitary confinement, prisoners are placed in small cells and are denied any meaningful human contact for at least 22 hours per day, for a period of at least 15 consecutive days. This treatment is imposed in instances where the prisoner has done nothing wrong and is not being punished.
The claim alleges that by virtue of this practice in federal correctional institutions, Canada has been negligent, has breached its fiduciary duties, has breached various rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, has subjected class members to false imprisonment, intentional infliction of mental suffering, assault, and battery, and has been unjustly enriched.
The class includes all persons, except “Excluded Persons”, who were involuntarily subjected to a period of prolonged administrative solitary confinement at a federal correctional institution between November 1, 1992 and the present, and were alive as of March 3, 2015.
Please note that the Claims process for the Federal Administrative Segregation Class Actions is done by the Administrator, Epiq Class Action Services Canada Inc., and not Koskie Minsky LLP. The Administrator’s website, all documents, and answers to frequently asked questions is available at: https://www.segregationclassactionfederal.ca/
If you want to receive money, you must submit a Claim Form to the Claims Administrator no later than September 7, 2022. This is the first step in the Court-ordered claims process to receive money. To view a Claim Form please click here.
If you have any questions about how to complete a claim form please watch the video below or contact the Claims Administrator:
Toll Free Number: 1-833-871-5354
Attention: Federal Administrative Segregation Class Actions
P.O. Box 507 STN B
Ottawa ON K1P 5P6
For inquiries or if you think you are a class member:
Toll-free hotline: 1-866-777-6311;