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Does judicial review promote access to justice?

  • February 11, 2019
  • Honourable Simon Ruel

The critical issue that I would like to discuss in this presentation is the role that the principle of access to justice should or should not play in the analytical process used to determine the judicial review standards for administrative proceedings.

An interview with Judge Amy Sakalauskas

  • November 16, 2017
  • Jack Townsend

I met Judge Amy Sakalauskas in 2015, through our mutual work with the CBA and on the NSBS v TWU appeal proceedings. Since then, Judge Sakalauskas has acted as a mentor and role model for me, and it was a joy to witness her appointment to the Nova Scotia Provincial Court earlier this year. She graciously agreed to sit down with me to discuss her evolution as an LGBT lawyer, jurist, and CBA member.

Judges Forum, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Diversifying the bench

  • August 22, 2017
  • Hon. J. Michael MacDonald

As Canadians, we are all richer because of our differences. The same goes for our institutions, including the judiciary. The more inclusive we are, the broader our perspectives and the more informed our decisions.

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Colleague in the Spotlight

  • October 13, 2016

The Judges’ Forum recognized Justice David Watt at its Colleague in the Spotlight reception on Friday, Aug. 12th.

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Indigenous elders in court

  • May 19, 2016
  • L. S. Tony Mandamin

The Supreme Court of Canada has held that Aboriginal perspective is to be considered and Aboriginal oral history is to be taken as having independent weight in cases being tried in court.

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World Justice Project

  • July 01, 2015
  • William H. Goodridge

William Goodridge Judges’ Forum Co-Chair William Goodridge of the Superior Court of Newfoundland and Labrador reports on the 2015 World Justice Project Rule of Law Index, and how Canada fared in the annual review of how countries adhere to the rule of law. (14th out of 102, FYI).

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How will you promote civic literacy?

  • July 01, 2015
  • William H. Goodridge

Beyond the ABCs, civic literacy is about knowing about your country’s government institutions, and your own role in the governance of your country. And civic literacy levels are falling, writes Judges’ Forum Co-Chair William Goodridge of the Superior Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Justice Goodridge notes that judges have an important role in promoting civic literacy, and calls on his colleagues to take up the cause.

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Colleague in the Spotlight: The Honourable Madam Justice Ellen Picard

  • July 01, 2015
  • Shelagh R. Creagh

This year we shine the spotlight on the Hon. Madam Justice Ellen Picard, who was appointed to the Alberta Court of Appeal in 1995. Madam Justice Picard, who originally dreamed of teaching home economics, is an honorary professor of both law and medicine at the University of Alberta, and is recognized as a builder of the school’s faculty of law.

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