The Length and Plurality of Supreme Court of Canada Decisions

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  • Claire L'Heureux-Dube

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https://doi.org/10.29173/alr1589

Abstract

Madame Justice L'Heureux-Dube discusses how the length and plurality of judicial opinions emanating from the Supreme Court of Canada are manifestations of the justices' "judicial junctions" as both adjudicators and educators. After a thoughtful look at the history and background of the dual aspect of the judicial role, Her Ladyship responds to critics of the Court's decision-making style by concluding that and complex judgments are the exception rather than the rule, that such judgments are often a necessary step in the development of the law, and that adjustments to the process may only be achieved by cooperation of all members of the legal community.

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