Law Society Affirms Importance of Independent Judiciary in Appointment Process

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    TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - 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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