Class Notes (835,629)
Canada (509,297)
LWSO 203 (56)

LWSO203 - Role of Judges and Lawyers-1.docx

3 Pages
Unlock Document

Law and Society
LWSO 203
Marywyatt Sindlinger

Role of Judges and Lawyers 1) Judges’ Roles A) Adjudicate Disputes -legal answers to problems using legal principles -impartial trier B) Oversee government functioning - govt. legislation since 1867 - ensures govts are following the rules -make sure govts are acting within their legislative power and the Canadian charter C) Ideological function -reflection of a cultural value D) Law making function i) role of judges in common law -judges create law as they make decisions (i.e. manufacturers liability) -they create and make changes ii) Constitutional aspect -makes decisions rather than the elected officials -make changes to political law (abortion, assisted suicide) - can be very controversial -Judicial Activism: how active should judges be in making laws B) Selection Process Constitution Act 1867, s. 96: federal executive appoints superior court judges -superior court judges appointed by feds Constitution Act 1867, s. 101: federal executive appoints federal court judges and general court of appeal for Canada Advantages: -not trying to please the population, making the right decision disadvantages: -not accountable to the public C) Judicial Independence 1701 Act of Settlement -power shift from monarch to parliament -security of tenure (holding office from good behaviour, cannot lose job
More Less

Related notes for LWSO 203

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.