The reference to the Supreme Court of B.C. will take place in November 2010 at the Vancouver Courthouse on Howe Street.
In effect, the session will put the Federal criminal law against polygamy "on trial" as it were, to ascertain whether the Freedom of Religion promised in the Charterof Rights trumps the criminal law against polygamy that has been on the books since the late 1890's.
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Witnesses will be called to support both sides of the question; the B.C. Government will present its evidence, and an amicus curiae appointed by the Court will have gathered witnesses who wish to speak in favour of polygamy.