Overview of the organization and operation of the Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court holds three sessions, each of which lasts approximately three months. The Court’s hearings are open to the public and are often taped for delayed telecasting in both English and French, Canada’s two official languages. Most appeals are heard by a panel of seven to nine judges, with the Court usually hearing two appeals each day. During a hearing, litigants from each side are given an opportunity to present arguments, usually about one hour each. Interveners (or interested parties) may also be recognized by the Supreme Court and given an opportunity to be heard.

The Supreme Court was first created in 1875, with the federal government’s passage of the Supreme Court Act.

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The Supreme Court Act sets out several rules concerning who may serve as a judge on the Supreme Court. Judges must either be drawn from among Canada’s superior court justices, or from among barristers with at least 10 years’ standing at the Bar of a province or territory. In addition, the Act requires regional representation in the makeup of the Supreme Court. At least three judges must be appointed from the province of Quebec. This rule is commonly justified on the grounds that Quebec uses instead of (as the rest of the country does), and the Supreme Court needs judges familiar with that system. While not required by the Supreme Court Act, it is tradition to divide the remaining six positions on the Supreme Court in the following manner: three from Ontario, two from Western Canada, and one from Atlantic Canada.

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Moreover, the Supreme Court will often use its position to intentionally direct change in the interpretation and application of laws. In a decision, the Supreme Court may explicitly reject a traditional way of interpreting a law or manner of judicial reasoning, and will lay down a new approach. Again, the lower courts are obliged to follow the Supreme Court’s lead and apply the new principles when rendering their own decisions.

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The Supreme Court of British Columbia welcomes the appointment of Madam Justice Barbara J. Norell to New Westminster and the appointments of Madam Justice Wendy A. Baker and the Honourable Madam Justice Sharon Matthews to Vancouver. For more information about the Supreme Court’s newest justices, please see the issued by the Department of Justice. Public welcoming ceremonies for our new justices will be held on a date to be scheduled. Information about the welcoming ceremonies will be posted on the court’s website once it is available.

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The Supreme Court of British Columbia welcomes the appointment of the Honourable Madam Justice Diane Cheryl MacDonald to Vancouver. For more information about Madam Justice MacDonald, please see the issued by the Department of Justice Canada. A public welcoming ceremony for Madam Justice MacDonald will be held on a date to be scheduled, and information about the welcoming ceremony will be posted on the Court’s website once it is available.

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NOTICE: CHANGE IN DATE OF FAMILY DAY STATUTORY HOLIDAY - IMPLICATIONS FOR TRIALSChief Justice Hinkson has issued a as to the implications for trial start dates of the change in date of the statutory holiday for Family Day in 2019.
AMENDMENT TO THREE COURTS' POLICY ON USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN COURTROOMSThe Three Courts’ Policy on Use of Electronic Devices in Courtrooms has been amended to clarify the use that can be made of electronic devices during ceremonies and to provide direction to media on retention and destruction of audio recordings used to verify notes. The amended Policy may be found .
JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTSThe Supreme Court of British Columbia welcomes the appointment of Madam Justice Barbara J. Norell to New Westminster and the appointments of Madam Justice Wendy A. Baker and the Honourable Madam Justice Sharon Matthews to Vancouver. For more information about the Supreme Court’s newest justices, please see the issued by the Department of Justice. Public welcoming ceremonies for our new justices will be held on a date to be scheduled. Information about the welcoming ceremonies will be posted on the court’s website once it is available.
JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTThe Supreme Court of British Columbia welcomes the appointment of the Honourable Madam Justice Diane Cheryl MacDonald to Vancouver. For more information about Madam Justice MacDonald, please see the issued by the Department of Justice Canada. A public welcoming ceremony for Madam Justice MacDonald will be held on a date to be scheduled, and information about the welcoming ceremony will be posted on the Court’s website once it is available.
WELCOMING CEREMONY - MADAM JUSTICE MARZARI - FEBRUARY 28, 2018 A Welcoming Ceremony for the Honourable Madam Justice Marzari will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Vancouver Law Courts in Courtroom 55 at 4:15 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend the Welcoming Ceremony.

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The modern Supreme Court of Canada plays a pivotal role in Canadian politics. As the highest court in the country, the decisions of the Supreme Court touch on a wide range of issues: criminal law, civil law, federalism, and individual rights and freedoms. This article provides an introduction to the Supreme Court of Canada, including its place in Canada’s court system, its history, its modern organization and operation, as well as key issues and debates regarding the Court.