Political Corruption, Judicial Selection, and the Rule of Law


  • F. C. DeCoste




In this article, the author criticizes the current procedures used to appoint Canadian judges to provincial superior courts and to the federal court. The author begins with an examination of political corruption, which in his view depends upon the concept of the Rule of Law. The author proceeds with a detailed analysis of that concept, and concludes that current judicial selection procedures corrupt public authority and judicial office because they violate the institutional, moral, and ethical requirements of the Rule of Law. The author then reflects upon the wider social implications of such corruption.