Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:00

Canada’s excellent justice system

Canadian lawyers often complain about our justice system, as they should. There are countless problems that need fixing, both large and small. Our governments have severely underfunded legal aid, indigenous people are incarcerated at a disproportionate rate, the courts are run with antiquated paper-based technology and millions of Canadians can’t afford to pay for proper legal advice.
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Monday, 14 November 2016 09:00

Lightning strikes thrice?

Dear Attorney General Yasir Naqvi,
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SCC appointment Malcolm Rowe best Canadian for the jobJustice Malcolm Rowe, recently appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, may well be the most Canadian judge ever. 
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Monday, 03 October 2016 09:00

Hiring for diversity

Our cover story this month is on the federal process for appointing judges, and as several experts told us, it is a highly secretive process. But the fact it lacks transparency is not really the biggest problem — it is the lack of diversity once the judges are picked.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 04 July 2016 09:00

Provincial court snakes & ladders

Provincial court snakes & laddersThe two most high-profile criminal trials in Canada in the past year were ones that took place in provincial court. The prosecutions of Senator Mike Duffy and former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi were the source of voluminous media coverage — by national media outlets, on social media, and the subject of endless commentary by columnists, pundits, and academics. As well, the courtroom actions and eventual rulings by justices Charles Vaillancourt and William Horkins were subject to intense scrutiny.
Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

Behind the headlines

Lori Douglas Canadian Lawyer January magazine cover
Canadian Lawyer January magazine cover
Lori Douglas is proud to point out her former offices as she passes by the courthouse in downtown Winnipeg, but she pauses when she notices something. “Oh, the light’s on,” she says, obviously saddened at the idea that someone else has moved in. Despite the lingering emotions over five years of proceedings at the Canadian Judicial Council, Douglas says she’s doing better than ever since her retirement from the bench in the spring. “I feel fine,” says Douglas, 59. “I haven’t been so well now for five years.”
Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

A long, hard road

Nobody is perfect. People make mistakes. It could be a momentary lapse of judgment. It could be leading with your heart instead of your brain. It could be trusting someone who perhaps you shouldn’t have. It could be that you were tired. Or it could simply be that something had to be done, and this is what got done. These types of mistakes are and should be forgivable — because no one is perfect.
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“I was delighted when the faculty extended a formal invitation for me to join as jurist-in-residence,” says former Justice Robertson.
“I was delighted when the faculty extended a formal invitation for me to join as jurist-in-residence,” says former Justice Robertson.
Former Justice Joseph Robertson is returning to his roots as the newest jurist-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 26 October 2015 08:00

Here comes the ‘son’

Here comes the ‘son’I am writing this on October 20, 2015. I feel like someone gave me my country back. It seemed throughout the day there was this sense of music in the air, something joyful, tangible, and real. Democracy was unwrapped in Canada.
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Niqab or no niqab; security is not the questionThe Federal Court of Appeal in a decision rendered from the bench, dismissed the government appeal of a decision that its policy requiring women to remove their niqabs before taking the oath of Canadian citizenship was unlawful. The result of this decision is well known, but what lay behind it is perhaps a little less understood.
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