Supreme Court Judges and Democracy in Canada
This paper looks at the appointment of Supreme Court judges and democracy in Canada.
# 130417 | 2,000 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Canadian Studies (Government and Government Policy) , Canadian Studies (History, Culture) , Law (General) , Political Science (General)
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In this article, the writer refers to how Supreme Court judges are appointed. The writer explains that the Minister of Justice advises the Prime Minister, and looks at PM Harper's wish to make the process more transparent. The writer discusses that Harper saw that Justice Marshall Rothstein was aired in a TV interview by the Ad Hoc Parliamentary committee and various legal experts, responding to questions on activist courts and the possible tightening of the criminal justice system. The writer argues that this was a good development, pointing out that no other court in the western hemisphere has quite as much power as the Supreme Court of Canada.
From the Paper:"This paper examines how judges are appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada when new openings appear. Critics have seen the longstanding method of appointing new judges as not very democratic, because politics or favoritism or regional questions can mean that not always the very best qualified candidate is chosen. The Prime Minister chooses from names or other advice given by the Minister of Justice so that much depends on the quality of the ministers or their different interests in matters of the Supreme Court, at large. Jacob S. Ziegel, a Professor of Law emeritus at ..."
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