Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chief Justice McLachlin on Administrative Tribunals and the Courts: An Evolutionary Relationship

I should have noted this earlier, but here's an important speech by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada, dated May 27, 2013 concerning Administrative Tribunals and the Courts: An Evolutionary Relationship.

This is a "must read" in terms of the role of administrative tribunals generally, the role of the courts in reviewing their decisions, and the evolving issue of standard of review.

There's a useful quote by her of a statement by Justice Abella when she was sitting on the Ontario Court of Appeal:

Designed to be less cumbersome, less expensive, less formal and less delayed, these impartial decision-making bodies were to resolve disputes in their area of specialization more expeditiously and more accessibly, but no less effectively or credibly.




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