Twelve Bottles of Whiskey


  • Jack Watson



This article provides an in-depth analysis of the history of certiorari and judicial review as it pertains to the rule of law. The article opens with a brief examination of the conviction of Nat Bell Liquors Ltd. during prohibition-era Edmonton in 1920, and explains how twelve bottles of whiskey brought about a sea change in the foundational law of Canada. The article details the development of judicial review,
beginning in thirteenth century United Kingdom, noting its progression and change over the course of centuries. The article provides an account of certiorari
as a replacement avenue where appeal is not available, and highlights notable Canadian jurisprudence from the early twentieth century to the present day.