Legal challenge over Justice Marc Nadon's appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada - The Barreau asks that the issue be referred directly to the Supreme Court Of Canada

MONTREAL, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - A legal challenge is currently before the Federal Court regarding the appointment of Justice Marc Nadon to the highest court in the country. Following the announcement of the temporary removal of Justice Marc Nadon from his duties, the Barreau du Québec is concerned about the impact of this vacancy on the bench on citizens' rights. "I have asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper to refer this matter directly to the Supreme Court of Canada, as allowed under the Supreme Court Act, instead of following the usual judicial process, which could be longer," explained Johanne Brodeur, Ad. E., President of the Barreau du Québec.

The Barreau du Québec considers that the temporary removal of Justice Marc Nadon adversely affects the rights and principles for a sound administration of justice.

"Citizens are entitled to obtain a quick and definite response to this legal challenge over Marc Nadon's appointment to the Supreme Court. This right is guaranteed under the Constitution, which provides that at least three of the judges of the highest court in the country shall be appointed from Québec. Civil law disputes must benefit from the perspective of judges from Québec. Moreover, certain legal disputes already before the Supreme Court of Canada, including the Harkat case and the Reference concerning reform of the Senate, should benefit from the reflection of all of the judges in the highest court," added Mtre Lise Tremblay, Executive Director of the Barreau du Québec.

The Barreau du Québec
The Barreau du Québec is the professional corporation of nearly 24,500 lawyers. Its positions are adopted by its elected authorities, following analyses and recommendations of its advisory committees. In order to fulfill its mission of protecting the public, the Barreau maximizes the bonds of trust between lawyers, the public and the Government. To do so, the Barreau monitors the practice of the profession, promotes the rule of law, enhances the status of the profession and supports its members in their legal practice.

SOURCE: Barreau du Québec

For further information:

Martine Meilleur, Coordinator
Communications Department
514 954-3489 or medias@barreau.qc.ca

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