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To Question or Not To Question, That is the Question - The Advocates' E-Brief

April-1-2005

Area Litigation

Summary

Article originally printed in The Advocates’ E-Brief, Vol. 16, No. 3 Spring 2005

Excerpt from "To Question or Not To Question, That is the Question - The Advocates’ E-Brief":

On April 7, 2005, the federal government introduced a proposal for reforming the process of appointment of judges to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Advocates' Society is filing a submission with parliament' s Standing Committee on Justice, commenting on that proposal.  Both the government's proposal and the Society's comments address measures designed to ensure that only the highest calibre of candidates continue to be appointed to the Supreme Court, but with greater transparency of process than previously existed.  One point on which the governments are completely ad idem is this: a nominee for appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada should not be required to appear for public questioning, as nominees in the United States must.