Judicial Appointment in a Free and Democratic Society: The Supreme Court of Canada


 
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Parliamentary Material

Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Comité permanent de la justice, des droits de la personne, de la sécurité publique et de la protection civile. Study on the Process by Which Judges are Appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

(37th Parliament, 2nd session)

(37 th Parliament, 3rd Session)

 

Readings

Canadian Bar Association, Supreme Court of Canada Appointments Process (Submission to Standing Committee on Justice) March 25, 2004

Law Society of Upper Canada, Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Supreme Court of Canada Appointments Process
March 25, 2004

Ed Ratushny, Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court of Canada Appointments: Not a Good Idea! in Pierre Thibault et . al. eds., Essays In Honour Of Gérald-A. Beaudoin : The Challenges Of Constitutionalism (Cowansville, Québec: Editions Y. Blais, 2002)

Kent Roach, Supreme Court of Canada Appointments and Judicial Independence (draft, unpublished, 2004)

Cristin Schmitz," Quebec's chief justice will seek control of court administration" The Lawyers Weekly, Vol.23, No.17, September5,2003

Lorne Sossin Don't leash our judges. Light needs to be thrown on the process of appointing the members of the Supreme Court, but U.S.-style hearings are not the answer The Globe and Mail ( February 4, 2000 )

Lorraine Weinrib, "Appointing Judges to the Supreme Court of Canada in the Charter Era: A Study of Institutional Function and Design" in Appointing Judges : Philosophy, Politics and Practice : Papers (Toronto: Ontario Law Reform Commission, 1991)

Jacob Ziegel , Appointments to the Supreme Court of Canada: The Time is Ripe for Change. Canadian Issues (Spring 2000) (full-text available to U of T community via my.access only)

Jacob Ziegel Disrobe this process Let's update our 19th-century system for appointing Supreme Court judges and make it transparent The Globe and Mail ( November 27, 2003 )

Jacob Ziegel, Merit Selection and Democratization of Appointments to the Supreme Court of Canada. Choices Vol. 5 No. 2 , (June 1999) (Institute for Research on Public Policy)

Jacob Ziegel, Sélection au mérite et démocratisation des nominations à la Cour suprême du Canada. Choices Vol. 5 No. 2 (June 1999) (Institut de recherche en politiques publiques)

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