Precedent Setter Awards 2020: Janani Shanmuganathan

May 27, 2021 | News

Janani has recently been awarded the 2020 Precedent Setter Award

At 28, Janani Shanmuganathan celebrated her first major courtroom victory. Her client, Hussein Nur, had been convicted of possessing an illegal firearm. And, although he was a 19-year-old with no criminal record, he faced a mandatory minimum three-year prison sentence. In 2015, Shanmuganathan asked the Supreme Court of Canada to strike down the mandatory minimum sentence for gun possession. Along with her co-counsel, Dirk Derstine, she helped advance the argument that the law prevented judges from considering the individual circumstances that make an offender less blameworthy. That argument won the day.”

Read the full award, here: