CBA President's statement on the integrity of the Canadian Justice System

  • February 12, 2018

“The Canadian Bar Association is not commenting on a case that may be subject to an appeal. We have concerns with politicians calling verdicts into question. When parties in a case believe there has been an error, the appropriate avenue is through the appeal process. The integrity of the justice system must be respected.

The CBA has long recognized that Canada’s justice system is stacked against Indigenous Peoples. We have urged the federal government to keep the unique circumstances of Indigenous Peoples in the forefront of any changes to criminal law, and to remove the injustice embedded in our current system.

The CBA remains committed to working with the government to improve the justice system to ensure fairness and equality for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.”

- Kerry Simmons, Q.C., President of the Canadian Bar Association