Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

March 09, 2007 17:58 ET

Law Society Affirms Importance of Independent Judiciary in Appointment Process

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 9, 2007) - The Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Gavin MacKenzie, today affirmed the Law Society's concern that judicial appointments must continue to respect the fundamental principle of the independence of the judiciary in a democratic society.

"Judicial independence is a constitutional right of all Canadians," the Treasurer said. "The most qualified candidates must continue to be appointed to the bench. Ideological or political considerations should play no part in the judicial appointment process."

Since 1988, federal Judicial Advisory Committees that are independent of government have screened all applicants and recommended candidates to be considered for appointment based on merit. The Treasurer emphasized the importance of Judicial Advisory Committees continuing to be seen as fair and objective and removed from political partisanship.

"We must always bear in mind that governments at all levels are frequently parties to litigation in our courts," the Treasurer added. "Members of the public who are before the courts must be assured that judges who preside over their cases are independent of government and will do justice objectively on the evidence and the law. Public confidence in the independence and impartiality of the judiciary is indispensable to the cause of justice."

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