Megens v. ORC (2003) 225 DLR (4th) 757 (OntDivCt)
Megens v. ORC (2003) 64 OR (3d) 142 (OntDivCt)
Megens v. ORC (2003) 170 OAC 155 (OntDivCt)
Peter A. Simm was sole counsel for the successful Applicant for Judicial Review in Megens v. ORC (2003, Ont. Div. Ct.; varied only re costs 2004, Ont. C.A.).
His client faced a lifetime ban from his primary source of livelihood. The Ontario Racing Commission tribunal had revoked Mr. Megens’ licenses as a standardbred-horse driver after ruling he was involved in a “fixed” race. (Simm was retained as fresh counsel after the ORC’s decisions.)
Victory in Court was achieved in an especially challenging context: the tribunal’s decisions had been driven by findings of fact and credibility, and the standard of review was patent unreasonableness.
Simm successfully demonstrated unfairness in the tribunal’s approach to the evidence and to issues of credibility by showing that its reasons overlooked important matters. Megens is also a useful precedent on what a tribunal must consider before imposing a severe sanction. Notably, when quashing the tribunal’s decision, the Court refrained from requiring that Simm’s client be subjected to a rehearing by the ORC.
This case is cited in 22 court decisions, including 19 judicial review or appellate rulings. Megens is also cited in 17 Canadian legal textbooks, 4 law journal papers, 2 accredited CPD papers, and LSUC Bar Admission Course Materials on Public Law.
Full cite: Megens v. Ontario (Racing Commission) , 2003 CanLII 26509, 225 D.L.R. (4th) 757, 64 O.R. (3d) 142, 170 O.A.C. 155, 10 Admin. L.R. (4th) 83, 2003 CarswellOnt 3531,  O.J. No. 1459 (Ont. Div. Ct.); additional reasons re costs, 2003 CanLII 10135, 176 O.A.C. 296, 2003 CarswellOnt 3481,  O.J. No. 3562 (Ont. Div. Ct.); leave to appeal refused as to merits (Nov. 10, 2003, Ont. C.A. File M29815); varied only re costs, 2004 CanLII 328, 185 O.A.C. 349, 2004 CarswellOnt 1586,  O.J. No. 1651 (Ont. C.A.).
Megens costs (2003) 176 OAC 296 (OntDivCt)
Megens costs (2004) 185 OAC 349 (Ont.C.A.)
Megens v ORC (2003) 10 Admin LR (4th) 83 (OntDivCt)
A Complete Guide to the RHPA - Steinecke - cites Megens twice; Richmond4x
Costs - CED Ont (4th ed.) - Dunlop - sums Megens & Poulton
Gaming - CED Ont (4th ed.) - Leech & Winans - sums Megens, Poulton, McNamara
Judicial Review - Brown & Evans - cites Megens 6 times, Richmond 5 times, Poulton twice, McNamara twice, Schickedanz twice, Symtron
Law of Costs (2nd ed.) - Orkin - cites Megens; cites Poulton 3 times; cites Collins
Le Controle Judiciare de l'Action Gouvernementale - Lemieux + Pescarus - cites Megens
Legal Aspects of Policing - Ceyssens - cites Megens
Ontario Annual Practice 2012-13 - Carthy et al. - cites Megens & Poulton, sums Morray
Ontario Civil Procedure - Holmestead & Watson - sums Megens & Amberwood
Ontario Planning Practice - Engel - sums Megens
Practice & Procedure Before Administrative Tribunals - Macaulay Sprague Sossin - cites: Megens; McKay-Clement;, Poulton twice; McNamara twice
Professional Liability in Canada - Campion & Dimmer - cites Megens
Public Law - LSUC 48th Bar Admission Course Materials - c.3 by Cowan cites Megens
Remedies in Labour, Employment & Human Rights Law - Casey - cites Megens
14. Sanagan's Encylopedia of Words & Phrases, Legal Maxims (5th ed.) - Gardner - cites Megens ("reasons") & Amberwood
Sports - CED Ont (4th ed.) - Barnes - sums Megens, Poulton, McNamara, Schickedanz
37 Advocates Q 40 (2011) - Kligman paper disc Megens McNamara cite Poulton
20 Cdn J of Admin L and Practice 69 (2007) - Ellis paper cites Megens
11 Intellectual Property Law and Policy (2010) - Justice Vancise paper cites Megens
22 Journal of Law and Social Policy 115 (2009) - Young paper cites Megens
National Administrative Law Conference (CBA 2008), c.11 by Jones cites Megens
The Twelve-Min Securities Lawyer 2004 LSUC CPD c3 Anisman cites Megens