Landon Webb heads to court to fight against Incompetent Persons Act

An undated photo of Landon Webb. Contributed


A judge says a Nova Scotia man who is fighting a provincial law limiting the rights of people with intellectual disabilities must have an adviser throughout the process.

Judge James Chipman ruled in Nova Scotia Supreme Court today that the existing law requires the appointment of a “litigation guardian” for Landon Webb to help him with his case, which has been scheduled to begin June 28.

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Webb is challenging the province’s Incompetent Persons Act, arguing it infringes on his rights and freedoms.

His parents say their 25-year-old son functions at the level of a 10 or 12-year-old, but Webb says he is not incompetent and wants to be free to live a normal life.

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Webb’s parents have said he’s been diagnosed with autism, has developmental disabilities and can have severe anxiety and mood swings.

Webb didn’t appear in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, but his lawyer, Susanne Litke, made a presentation on Webb’s behalf arguing that the additional adviser wasn’t necessary as his case goes forward.

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