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
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